The American Revolution / Edition 2

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The period leading to the American Revolution was marked by tensions resulting in the colonists' charge of "taxation without representation." The British government was levying taxes on colonists for products such as molasses and tea while at the same time denying them a voice in Parliament. Combined with the fallout from the Seven Years' War and increasing clashes with British soldiers, once the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired at Lexington, Massachusetts, in April 1775, the Revolution officially began. For seven years the British army and militias of colonists clashed in numerous battles, creating legends of both heroes and traitors, among them George Washington, Molly Pitcher, and Benedict Arnold. Removed from battle, political philosophers debated, in meetings and in literature, what form the emerging nation should take-creating works that would become the foundation of U.S. law. The eventual victory of the American forces led to a new independent nation free from foreign rule.

The American Revolution, Updated Edition, a volume in Facts On File's acclaimed Eyewitness History series, provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the period-from diary entries, letters, speeches, and newspaper accounts-that illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. In addition to the firsthand accounts, each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. In this updated edition, author David F. Burg has also added details about the important role of American Indians, African Americans, Jews, and women during the American Revolution. The book also includes excerpts from such critical documents as the Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, and theDeclaration of Independence, as well as capsule biographies of 101 key figures, maps, notes, a bibliography, an index, and 103 black-and-white photographs.

About the Author:
David F. Burg has taught at the University of Kentucky and at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky

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Editorial Reviews

History often is presented as a delineated series of spectacular events, but forgotten are the day-to-day proceedings. Events shape history as dabs of paint give form to a painting. In Burg's entry in the An Eyewitness History series, less-noted happenings give the reader a better sense of the times of the American Revolution. Nine chapters examine the years 1756-1783, from the French and Indian War to Yorktown. Each chapter is divided into three sections—narrative, chronology, and eyewitness testimony. Short narrative sections contain large headings and discuss important occurrences in the traditional manner. Narratives detail by date incidents including many lesser events, such as raids, skirmishes, and protests, as well as correspondence and decrees. Finally, eyewitness testimonies include excerpts from documents of the day, such as letters, broadsides, and newspaper articles, in addition to song lyrics, comments from and about historic personages, and political and military directives. These chronologies and eyewitness accounts are the footnotes to history, adding flesh to the bones of the past. Appendixes include ten full-text documents and biographies of major personalities. True to the series' name, Burg's work provides firsthand perspectives and commentaries on history. The use of primary sources gives insight into the times and the thinking of the day and helps to balance British and American viewpoints. This resource will be a valuable addition to school or public library collections for research or understanding the birth of the American nation. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix. 2001, Facts on File, 432p,
— Mike Brown
VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
This updated edition, which is part of the Eyewitness History series, features a significant amount of new material and provides a comprehensive overview of the American Revolution. The nine extensive narrative sections-including two new discussions about the arts and the roles of American Indians, African Americans, Jews, and women in the Revolution-are arranged chronologically and include: Prelude to Revolt, Shots Heard Round the World, Declaring Independence, Victories and Losses, A Great Sea Battle, Defeat and Treachery, An Improbable Triumph, and An Unpromising Outcome. A particularly useful feature is the two-dozen-plus pages of extracted material from personal journals kept by junior officers, soldiers, and noncombatants that are part of the Eyewitness Testimony section in each chapter. These fascinating and lively first-person accounts provide an engaging complement to the narrative essays. The appendixes offer more than twenty-five pages of original documents-ranging from the Stamp Act to the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation-capsule biographies for more than one hundred major personalities, and battle maps. Additional features include black-and-white illustrations (portraits and artwork), detailed notes for each section, a lengthy bibliography, and an index.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-This resource, which includes black-and-white illustrations, maps, and reproductions, offers many compelling insights into our history. The book begins with a discussion of the "Prelude to Revolt: 1756-1774," and concludes with thoughts on "An Improbable Triumph: 1781" and "An Unpromising Outcome: 1782-1783." Each chapter offers a lengthy introductory essay summarizing important themes, followed by a descriptive chronology of key events. Pages of documented excerpts from contemporary newspapers, diaries, letters, speeches, and memoirs discuss the events of the day and how they were perceived by those who lived through them. The lively selections, many written by well-known individuals, paint vivid pictures that will capture readers' imaginations. Also included are appendixes of documents, biographies of major personalities, and maps of battles. Although the literature is replete with personal narratives of this era of history, the great advantage of American Revolution is the wealth of primary sources offered in one volume.-Marsha S. Holden, Highland Community College, Freeport, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816064823
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Eyewitness History Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Prelude to Revolt: 1756-1774 1
2 Shots Heard Round the World: 1775 62
3 Declaring Independence: 1776 106
4 Victories and Losses: 1777 158
5 From Valley Forge to Vincennes: 1778 199
6 A Great Sea Battle: 1779 236
7 Defeat and Treachery: 1780 271
8 An Improbable Triumph: 1781 296
9 An Unpromising Outcome: 1782-1783 326
App. A: Documents 347
App. B: Biographies of Major Personalities 375
App. C: Maps 403
Bibliography 409
Index 414
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