Being British I confess to only a basic knowledge of American history, I know that at one time America 'belonged' to us, then we 'gave' it back but have remained friends ever since enjoying a 'special' relationship or something like that?
I know that's more than a simplistic view but we weren't taught any American history at school so what I do know is self-taught or more accurately gleaned from movies, TV documentaries and of course comics. I'm pretty sure that the first reference anywhere to the American Revolution that I ever came across was in an issue of my beloved Captain America;
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I don't think I picked up any 'real' history from that action packed Jack Kirby issue but I was certainly the only boy at school who knew what 'Bicentennial' meant and as a consequence had the date 1776 in my head!
I know that around the same time I was starting to collect the 'Blick Instant Picture Transfer Books' and picked up one on the American Revolution which helped fuel my interest but other than short references in general (British published) Historic encyclopedias, that would've been about my limit.
action transfers site)
The American Revolution therefore, like The American Civil War, while of interest, has largely remained outside my greater understanding and when visiting the US and seeing the rows upon rows of books on the subject, is pretty daunting and (like the 1776 British?) I make a speedy retreat.
That's where comics have helped to some degree to plug the gap, particularly in recent years when the medium has opened up allowing factual and historical fiction books to appear and the ones that I've managed to track down including Archaia Entertainments Revere and IDW Publishing's The Dreamer series, both of which have their merits but take quite a fantastical turn on historical events.
On a cold, clear night in 1770, British soldiers and American colonists clashed in Boston. This was the brink of war. For fifteen minutes, fear and confusion reigned over the city.
This perfectly sets the scene as matters escalate and lead to tragedy in an event known as The Boston Massacre, which I was totally unfamiliar with - except for the final reference to John Adams which reminded me of the excellent HBO series which I'm sure detailed the resulting trial?
In any case, I was comfortable both in reading the book and my conversations with Tim at the recent MoCCA festival that the tale was well researched and well intentioned in bringing the story to a wider audience.