Foreign-Born American Patriots: Sixteen Volunteer Leaders in the Revolutionary War

Foreign-Born American Patriots: Sixteen Volunteer Leaders in the Revolutionary War

by Renee Critcher Lyons


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This book presents profiles of sixteen individuals born and raised in countries other than America who voluntarily joined the revolutionary cause. These men were writers, soldiers, merchants, sailors, guerilla fighters, pirates, financiers, and cavalry leaders. Each profile discusses the personal experiences that influenced the volunteer leader’s decision to fight for the fledgling country, the sacrifices endured for the benefit of the Revolutionary Cause, and the unique talents each contributed to the war effort. Their participation helped ensure the perpetuation of the ideals and values of the American republic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786471843
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Reneé Critcher Lyons is an assistant professor in the School Library Media Program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. She lives in Boone, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

1 Global Citizen "Adopts" America: Zealous Philip Mazzei 5

2 Farmer of Thoughts: Thomas Paine 18

3 Haym Salomon: Financial Hero 33

4 Frontier Savior: Patriot Francis Salvador 41

5 "I serve the Country for nothing": The Indestructible John Barry, Father of the American Navy 47

6 Dunkirk Pirate: The Exploits of Gustavus Conyngham 61

7 Going in Harm's Way: The Adventures of John Paul Jones 71

8 The Versatile, Yet Forgotten, George Farragut 91

9 Charting His Own Course: The Life of Pierce Buder 96

10 Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Prince of Tolerance 106

11 The Daring and Dastardly Charles Armand 125

12 Hungarian Hussar Michael Kováts 133

13 Sacrificial Warrior Baron Johann De Kalb 141

14 Thunderbolt of War: Count Casimir Pulaski 157

15 Washington's One-Man Army: Peter Francisco 176

16 The Revolutionary Pedagogy of Drillmaster Baron Friedrich Wilhelm Von Steuben 188

Bibliography 207

Index 211

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