Concord and the Dawn of Revolution: The Hidden Truths

Overview

Despite the harsh chill of a New England winter, several towns in Massachusetts in early 1775 burned with a revolutionary fervor. With the springtime thaw came the specter of impending war, engulfing every Massachusetts citizen from Menotomy and Lexington to Lincoln and Concord. Historian D. Michael Ryan illuminates the daily deeds, trials and emotions of uprising experienced by Patriots and Loyalists, women and men, people of color and children during the first days of the Revolutionary War. Through a series of ...
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Overview

Despite the harsh chill of a New England winter, several towns in Massachusetts in early 1775 burned with a revolutionary fervor. With the springtime thaw came the specter of impending war, engulfing every Massachusetts citizen from Menotomy and Lexington to Lincoln and Concord. Historian D. Michael Ryan illuminates the daily deeds, trials and emotions of uprising experienced by Patriots and Loyalists, women and men, people of color and children during the first days of the Revolutionary War. Through a series of compelling essays, Ryan debunks many historical myths and brings forth little-remembered facts in honoring those who won recognition for our freedoms and thus became the first real heroes of a fledgling United States. These accounts of the time when our "shot heard round the world" was fired provide a glimpse into the hidden realities of the American Revolution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596291867
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     7
Introduction: The Truth of It     11
Haunted and Heroic: The Hartwell Family     21
Recognizing the Enemy Within: Daniel Bliss, Tory     30
A Tale of Two Families: Joined by Love, Shattered by War     35
James Barrett: A Patriot's Name for Posterity     42
Espionage, Spies and Intrigue Surround Concord     49
A Place of Honor: Charles Miles in Extraordinary Times     56
Whatever Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong     61
An Unfurled Flag and the Concord Fight     70
Tragic Act Begets Revenge and Propaganda     79
Joseph Thaxter: Minister of the Lord at the Bridge     84
Legacy of the Daughters of Liberty     89
A Matter of Color: Slaves and the Two Fights for Freedom     97
Support from Our British "Cousins"     105
Intolerable Papists Influence a Revolution     111
Irksome Concord Jail and a Parliamentarian Prisoner     118
About the Author     125
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