The American Revolution

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - History - 218 pages
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The American Revolution gave birth to a new world republic and a philosophy based on freedom, liberty, and equality. The philosophical concepts articulated by the revolutionary leaders have become a model of positive change for people around the world. This concise reference guide includes an overview essay that traces the course of the Revolution and five essays on various aspects of the conflict. Also included are biographical sketches of 19 important historical figures and a selection of primary documents with introductions by the author. A timeline and annotated bibliography compliment the text, making this the perfect starting point for student and general-reader research, and a fresh survey of the events that brought about the birth of the American republic.

The essays in this book focus on the events and conditions that led the American colonies to revolt, the war itself, life on the home front, revolutionary diplomacy, and a concluding, interpretive essay on the lasting impact of the American Revolution. The biographical sketches include a wide array of important actors on the stage, including Abigail Adams, John Adams, George III, George Washington, Mercy Otis Warren, among others. Primary documents include excerpts from Thomas Paine's Common Sense, The Proclamation of Lord Dunmore offering Freedom to Slaves Belonging to the Rebels in Virginia of 1775, The Articles of Federation, and the Treaty of Paris, among others. Every generation needs to reinterpret its history to reflect its own needs and ideals. This book offers a new look at this pivotal time in world history.

 

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Contents

NARRATIVE HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
1
THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION
17
THE NECESSARY WAR
39
REVOLUTIONARY DIPLOMACY
85
CONCLUDING INTERPRETIVE ESSAY THE GLORIOUS CAUSE
97
BIOGRAPHIES
105
John Adorns 17351826
107
Samuel Adams 17221803
110
Patrick Henry 17361799
130
Thomas Hutchinson 17111780
132
John Jay 17451829
135
Thomas Jefferson 17431826
138
John Paul Jones 17471792
141
Richard Henry Lee 17321794
145
Robert Morris 17341806
147
Thomas Paine 17371809
150

Benedict Arnold 17411801
113
Daniel Boone 17341820
116
Joseph Brant 17421807
120
John Dickinson 17321808
123
Benjamin Franklin 17061790
124
King George III 17381820
127
Mercy Otis Warren 17281814
153
George Washington 17321799
155
DOCUMENTS
159
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
195
INDEX
205
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JOSEPH C. MORTON is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northeastern Illinois University.

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