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The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate: Vol. 1, 1764–1772

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In 1763 Great Britain possessed the largest and most powerful empire since the fall of Rome, and its colonists in North America were justifiably proud of their vital place within it. Just thirteen short years later the empire was in tatters, and the thirteen colonies proclaimed themselves the free and independent United States of America. How had popular loyalties changed ...more
Hardcover, 874 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Library of America
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Christopher Sutch
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the first documentary history of an American war published by the Library of America and it shows. I was introduced to these volumes through the excellent (and ongoing) publication of the first few volumes about the Civil War; it's very clear that the editors of those volumes (and the publisher) learned from and improved upon the weaknesses in this otherwise fine volume. There are two main problems with this book as I see it: 1) There is a lack of editorial matter (i.e. an introduction, ...more
Paul Jellinek
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Another triumph from the Library of America, this is a stunning compilation of first-hand accounts of the events of the American Revolution, as seen from both sides and through the eyes of common soldiers and ordinary citizens, as well as luminaries like George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, and Abigail Adams. Since all the accounts are published in their original form--complete with misspellings, random punctuation, etc.--it isn't always easy going, but the end result is that this pivotal struggl ...more
Dawna
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciate this expansive classic collection of all genres and have read many of them. This particular one is very enjoyable, educational, and enlightening as it contains actual papers, essays, letters, orders, journal entries, etc., etc. from the American Revolution. Some of the authors, of said writings, were new to me (of course), however, some of them were old favorites such as Abigail Adams, Martha Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin.
Robin Friedman
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Winning American Independence

This splendid anthology helps the reader understand the American Revolution through the writings of the participants. It is similar to the four-volume series the Library of America subsequently published on the American Civil War.

The book consists of a collection of source material on the American Revolution. It begins with Paul Revere's account of his famous ride of April 18, 1775, and it concludes with two accounts of George Washington resigning his commission to t
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Ann Marie
Feb 22, 2008 is currently reading it
I went into this book feeling obliged to read because of wanting some sincere change in the good old U.S., so I thought I'd check with the founding fathers. Now, I actually WANT to read it as the book has authentic documentation from those who shook things up because they really wanted change and really believed in something. Inspiring, especially during pre-election times. Parts are dry and it's really long. But you have the freedom (no pun intended) to pick and choose what's compelling to read ...more
Stan Lanier
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
First hand accounts written between 1775 and 1783, from participants on both sides. It is quite something to read the words Lord Cornwallis wrote to his commander explaining his defeat at Yorktown, or the words of a common soldier encountering a 12 foot alligator in the middle of a road during a march in South Carolina. With only a general knowledge of the events of our Revolutionary War, this volume gives it some flesh and excitement.
Bill
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This book gave me a whole new understanding of the American Revolution. The book has writings from all different points of view and all walks of life. I really enjoyed reading it. The scholarship and the details like the chronology make reading this book an excellent learning experience. If you have any interest in this subject it is well worth your time to read this book.
James Violand
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: American history buffs.
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Immerse yourself in the American Revolution by reading letters and eye-witness accounts from the combatants and civilians, merchants and farmers, men and women who endured it. A great reading experience.
Craig Bolton
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I enjoyed this book greatly. I am glad letters and journals from both the British and Colonist perspectives were included.
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