Author and Colonel William Grayson Chapter member Paul A. Chase provides overview of his book The American Revolution: A Compendium of Terms and Topics
report submitted by Col William Grayson Chapter President Mike Taimi
24 Oct 2017
At a recent Colonel William Grayson Chapter meeting, Paul A. Chase, led a thoughtful, provocative and entertaining discussion of his newly published book, The American Revolution: A Compendium of Terms and Topics. Paul’s book contributes to the understanding of how the American Revolution gave birth to the United States, which has become the symbol of humanity and representative governance throughout the world.
As outlined in his book, Paul described pre-War issues, incidences and British Acts leading to unrest in the Colonies; regional and individual differences and disputes within the Colonies; the organization, tactics and problems of American, British and other nations’ military forces; definitions of terms and other topics pertinent to understanding the War; major battles and campaigns of the Revolution; and much more. He discussed new perspectives such as, how the geology and geography of the Colonies played pivotal roles in the outcome of the War and shared how his book is a first time ever reference source for hundreds of terms used in the literature of the period such as: Mushroom Gentlemen (War Profiteers), Spider Catchers (New Jersey Whaleboat Privateers), White Ash Sail (Oars made of White Ash Wood), Jockeying (Getting rid of Continental Dollars before they depreciated further), Tristimania (Despair over the War) and hundreds more.
A member of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, Paul began his SAR membership in 2010. He participates as a member of the Chapter, VASSAR and NSSAR Color Guard, and he attends a wide variety of SAR events from Chapter through National level. He is currently Commander of the Colonel William Grayson Chapter Color Guard and chapter Sergeant at Arms and is a member of the chapter’s Speaker’s Bureau. Since publication of his book, Paul has embarked on publicity and speaking book tour both locally and beyond to increase readership and raise the profile of the SAR. Speaking availability and copies of his book may be arranged through your local SAR chapter.