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Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776

ISBN-10: 046502629X
ISBN-13: 9780465026296
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $34.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/7/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

In 1774 American independence was hardly inevitable—indeed, most Americans found it neither desirable nor likely. When delegates from the thirteen colonies gathered in September 1774, they were, in the words of John Adams, “a gathering of strangers.” With their differing interests and cultural perspectives, perhaps the only thing that bound them together was their common identity as subjects of the British Crown. But as they confronted the array of political, diplomatic, and military challenges facing them during the twenty-two months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, they gradually shed both their provincial and their British identities and became leaders of an American cause. With narrative verve and deep historical understanding, Richard R. Beeman tells the remarkable story of how the delegates to the Continental Congress, through courage and compromise, came to dedicate their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the forging of American independence.

Richard R. Beeman is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is coeditor of Beyond Confederation: The Origins of the American Constitution and National Identity and author of The Evolution of the Southern Backcountry: A Case Study of Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1746-1832, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Cast of Characters
The Continental Congress: A Chronology
Introduction
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
Americas Declaration of Independence
Acknowledgments
"Jefferson's Declaration of Independence"
America's Declaration of Independence: The Final Version
Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Works
Notes
Index

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