Author: Woody Holton

Woody Holton is the Peter and Bonnie McCausland Professor of American History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia (1999), which won the Organization of American Historians’ Merle Curti Social History Award, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (2007), a finalist for the National Book Award, and Abigail Adams (2009), which won the Bancroft Prize.

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Morale Manipulation as the Central Strategic Imperative in the American Revolutionary War

Most people think of wartime propaganda as atrocity stories about the enemy. But commanders also disseminate false and true information in hopes of boosting their own soldiers’ morale and sapping the enemy’s. Even more persuasive than words are actions, and manipulating morale often dictates how commanders deploy their troops. Witness the American War of Independence. […]

by Woody Holton