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The American Revolution / Edition 2

The American Revolution / Edition 2

by David F. BurgDavid F. Burg


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816064823
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Series: Eyewitness History Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     iv
Preface     v
Preface to the Updated Edition     vii
Introduction     viii
Prelude to Revolt: 1756-1774     1
Shots Heard Round the World: 1775     65
Declaring Independence: 1776     113
Victories and Losses: 1777     169
From Valley Forge to Vincennes: 1778     213
A Great Sea Battle: 1779     252
Defeat and Treachery: 1780     289
An Improbable Triumph: 1781     317
An Unpromising Outcome: 1782-1783     349
Documents     369
Biographies of Major Personalities     395
Maps     426
Notes     440
Bibliography     445
Index     453

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