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The American Revolution (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900)
     

The American Revolution (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900)

by Joseph Morton, Marsha L. Frey (Editor), Linda S. Frey (Editor)
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This well-written, concise resource details the events from 1775 to 1783 in five balanced chapters. Readers are presented with straightforward facts as they pertain to the events leading up to, during, and directly after the American Revolution, followed by a "Concluding Interpretive Essay." Three maps and a handful of black-and-white archival images from the Library of Congress do little to break up the rather dense, scholarly text. Extensive back matter, which includes 50 pages of biographical profiles of major figures, nearly 40 pages of primary documents, and an extensive annotated bibliography, all adds to the research value of this text. This is a solid title that can be used with Don Nardo's The American Revolution (Greenhaven, 1998).-G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313317927
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2003
Series:
Greenwood Guides to Historic Events 1500-1900 Series
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
925,849
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JOSEPH C. MORTON is Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northeastern Illinois University.

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