Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution. By Kathleen DuVal. ISBN-13: 978-1400068951. Copyright 2015.
Finalist for the 2016 George Washington Book Prize. Hardcover with 464 pages.
In the Revolutionary Era, while citizens of the thirteen rebelling colonies came to blows with the British Empire over tariffs and parliamentary representation, the situation on the rest of the continent was even more fraught. Mobile slave Petit Jean organized militias to fight the British at sea; Chickasaw diplomat Payamataha worked to keep his people out of war; New Orleans merchant Oliver Pollock and his wife, Margaret O'Brien Pollock, risked their own wealth to organize funds and garner Spanish support for the American Revolution and half-Scottish-Creek leader Alexander McGillivray fought to protect indigenous interests from European imperial encroachment; Cajun refugee Amand Broussard, spent a lifetime in conflict with the British. All these activities by people living outside the colonies were of critical importance to the war's outcome.