Briefly Noted

Independence Lost, by Kathleen DuVal (Random House). This intrepid history of the American Revolution shifts the focus from the rebellious thirteen colonies to the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi valley, where Native Americans, African slaves, and Spanish, French, and British colonials were fighting very different battles. Here, DuVal writes, the vision for the continent was one of “multiple empires and powerful Indian nations”; it was highly unlikely that the rebels would win, much less...

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