Michael Griggs is a PhD student in the department of History at the University of Edinburgh conducting research on the political theology of Scottish Covenanting thought and its later contribution to the American Revolution. He also holds a BA (History) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an MDiv (Church History) from Southwestern Seminary, and an MLitt (History) from the University of Glasgow. His research interests include religious history between Scotland and America in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. When he is not reading sermons and journals of Presbyterian ministers, he can be found playing with his children, riding his bicycle, or watching football (both kinds). He can be found at https://edinburgh.academia.edu/MichaelGriggs or on Twitter @MichaelGriggs

Book Review: West of the American Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt

Throughout November 2015, U.S. Studies Online will be publishing a series of posts to mark Native American Heritage Month. In this post, Michael Griggs reviews West of the American Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 by Claudio Saunt.
This book’s greatest strength is that it challenges the reader to open their minds to the larger struggle for the greater American continent. 1776 was a year of great civil war between the British Colonies and their motherland; however, equally important was the struggle of the Native American and First Nations people against the ever-expanding and exploring Europeans. Continue reading