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Dunmore's New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America--With Jacobites, Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks, Scalping, Indian Politics, Runaway Slaves, and Two Illegal Royal Weddings

(Early American Histories)

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Dunmore's New World tells the stranger-than-fiction story of Lord Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, whose long-neglected life boasts a measure of scandal and intrigue rare in the annals of the colonial world. Dunmore not only issued the first formal proclamation of emancipation in American history; he also undertook an unauthorized Indian war in the Ohio Valley ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by University of Virginia Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Don Wallace
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good book for MLK day... When the American Revolution broke out, African Americans were among the first to fight--and to die. They joined Colonial regiments, hauled cannon, fought side by side with Northern rebels. A black regiment was formed in several cases. Then, when General Washington was planning to use them, the Southern Colonies--well, you guessed it. If blacks fought for freedom, the South would secede from the union that was only months old. Uh huh.
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Steve
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Excellent short biography of a much maligned Royal Governor. Good use of primary sources. The focus on the beginning and end of the book on illicit Royal weddings was interesting but not central to the book. Dunmore tried to keep Virginia in Royal hands much later than the other royal governors, yet his fleeing of Williamsburg seems to be a constant focus.
Lauren Albert
Interesting enough but not as interesting as the subtitle so breathlessly implies. Intended to clear the name of arch loyalist Dunmore, David shows him as being flawed but not the joke history has made of him.
Milt
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
quite useful, informative, not a book to rate as pleasurable reading
Kenneth Flusche
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
An interesting story but written as a series of dry facts, hard to keep attention and expected a test at the end.
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