Breen is William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University and is a distinguished Early American historian interested in the history of political thought, material culture, and cultural anthropology. At a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center, Breen worked on a project titled, “Enforcing the American Revolution: Law and Disorder During the War for Independence.”
Publications (selected list):
- “American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People”
- “Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence”
- “Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution”
“What Time Was the American Revolution? Reflections on a Familiar Narrative”
April 20, 2017
T.H. Breen challenges our traditional assumptions about the chronology of the American Revolution, introducing a radically different timeline that reinterprets the beginning and end of the Revolution and restores the ordinary American people to the events that shaped the nation.