West Virginia History, N.S. 2, No.1, Spring 2008 at Lexington and Concord. Dixon concludes that the events of 1763 "galvanized the growing resentment of a backcountry population against British authority" (273). He shows how many of the volunteers who eventually flocked to Washington's Continental Army were Scots-Irish frontiersmen, who both fought Pontiac's Indians and also had a "historic disdain" for the British (274). While Dixon presents a meticulous explanation of Pontiac's War, one wishes that he could have fleshed out more of this post-Pontiac analysis and had presented this alluring argument earlier. Calloway and Dixon both visualize 1763 as the year that laid the groundwork for America's War of Independence. Dixon concludes that events on the frontier in 1763, previously viewed as a "mere interlude" between two great wars, can now be seen as the "inexorable chain" that connected the British Empire, which was triumphant in its victory over France and determined to assert its authority, with the American colonies who were growing resentful of imperial restrictions and were on the brink of revolution (274-75). Richard S. Grimes West Virginia University Clash of Loyalties: A Border County in the Civil War. By John W. Shaffer. (Morgantown: West Virginia
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Aug 9, 2008
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