Wood escorts us on a whistlestop tour of the growing tensions of the s, taking us through the chucking of a lot of British tea into Boston harbour and the charmingly named Coercive Acts which then closed that port until the tea had been paid for.
The self-interest of the colonists led to capitalistic traits, while the republican idea of self-sacrifice was put on the back burner. Everybody, wife, child, laborer, tenant, etc. To understand the events and ideas of the Revolution and how truly radical they were we must understand the times that spawned them.
However equality had a different meaning to the common man.
American society was much more fluid than English society. Monarchy was the accepted form of government and it determined the relationships of people. All this, then the preparations for military action and the fighting itself, are described with great elegance and crispness.