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Arthur Lee, a virtuous revolutionary

Author: Louis W Potts
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©1981.
Series: Southern biography series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An American by birth but a Briton by training, Arthur Lee (1740-1792) led an embattled life. As a member of a leading Virginia family, Lee took on a series of critical diplomatic roles, first as a colonial spokesman and penman in Britain, then as strategist in oppositional politics, and finally as an emissary from the Continental Congress to the courts of France, Spain, and Prussia. The feisty and ubiquitous Lee  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Arthur Lee; Arthur (Politiker) Lee; Arthur Lee; Arthur Lee
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis W Potts
ISBN: 0807107859 9780807107850
OCLC Number: 6708490
Description: xiv, 315 pages, [4] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : that restless genius --
Foes are not wanting to the best on Earth --
Liberty is the very idol of my soul --
That America may be free --
Extraordinary crisis of the times --
To hazard everything --
Everything in their power to traduce me --
To succeed or perish --
Sordid pursuits and servile attachments.
Series Title: Southern biography series.
Responsibility: Louis W. Potts.

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"An American by birth but a Briton by training, Arthur Lee (1740-1792) led an embattled life. As a member of a leading Virginia family, Lee took on a series of critical diplomatic roles, first as a colonial spokesman and penman in Britain, then as strategist in oppositional politics, and finally as an emissary from the Continental Congress to the courts of France, Spain, and Prussia. The feisty and ubiquitous Lee forced his contemporaries to consider whether America should rebel and then what mission the emerging republic should pursue in international affairs. For him, however, the American Revolution was a multiact tragedy, for most of the ultimate decisions went against his counsel. The controversies, large and small, that made up Lee's career are enticing to the historian and layman not only because he participated at pivotal points in Anglo-American history, but also because comprehension of Lee's personality illustrates the complex and contradictory motives of American patriots. Lee's perspective, a sense of paranoia, was all-consuming. As Louis W. Potts demonstrates, in the initial phases of the Revolution this viewpoint was highly persuasive, but later it was rejected"--Jacket.

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