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Our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor : the forging of American independence, 1774-1776

Author: Richard R Beeman
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Acclaimed historian Richard R. Beeman examines the grueling 22-month period between the meeting of the Continental Congress on September 5, 1774, and the audacious decision for independence in July 1775.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Nonfiction
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard R Beeman
ISBN: 9780465026296 046502629X 9780465049653 0465049656 9780465037827 0465037828
OCLC Number: 827119771
Description: xix, 492 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Continental Congress : a chronology --
The genesis of revolution, 1763-1774 --
The quest for a unified American resistance --
The delegates gather in Philadelphia --
Two different paths to liberty : John Adams and John Dickinson --
The congress organizes --
"Fight against them that fight against me" --
Galloway's last stand --
Getting acquainted in the city of brotherly love --
Power to the people --
The First Congress completes its business --
Escalation --
A new congress, changed circumstances --
John Hancock enters the drama --
Congress assumes command of a war --
Desperate efforts at reconciliation amidst an escalating war --
Managing a war while seeking peace --
Waiting for King George III --
Small steps toward independence --
The year 1776 dawns --
"The scales have fallen from our eyes" --
"The child independence is now struggling for birth" --
Fourteen paths to independence --
"The greatest debate of all" --
Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence --
America's Declaration of Independence --
Appendix A: "Jefferson's Declaration of Independence" --
Appendix B: America's Declaration of Independence : the final version.
Responsibility: Richard R. Beeman.

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From a renowned scholar of the American Revolution, the dramatic story of how the Continental Congress transformed America from a colony into a republic.  Read more...

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