Lexington and Concord

Lexington and Concord

The Battle Heard Round the World

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George C. Daughan’s magnificently detailed account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord challenges the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much in economic concerns as political ones. When Massachusetts militiamen turned out in overwhelming numbers to fight the British, they believed they were fighting for their farms and livelihoods, as well as for liberty.Benjamin Franklin was not surprised by this widespread belief. In the years prior to the Revolution, Franklin had toured Great Britain and witnessed the wretched living conditions of the king’s subjects. They wore rags for clothes, went barefoot, and had little to eat. They were not citizens, but serfs. Franklin described the appalling situation in a number of letters home. In the eyes of many American colonists, Britain’s repressive measures were not seen simply as an effort to reestablish political control of the colonies, but also as a means to reduce the prosperous colonists themselves to the serfdom described in the Franklin letters.Another key factor in the outcome of this historic battle, according to Daughan, was the scorn British officers had for colonial fighters. Although the British officers had fought alongside colonial Americans in the ferocious French and Indian War, they failed to anticipate the skill, organization, and sheer numbers of the colonial militias. Daughan explains how British arrogance led them to defeat at the hands of motivated, experienced patriot fighters determined to protect their way of life.Authoritative and immersive, Lexington and Concord gives us a new understanding of a battle that became a template for colonial uprisings in later centuries.
An award-winning historianreinterprets the battle that launchedthe American Revolution.

Baker & Taylor
Reinterprets the battle that launched the American Revolution, arguing that the war was based as much in economic concerns as political ones and that most militiamen volunteered on behalf of their livelihoods and in protest of serf-like living conditions.

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This book for general readers and others details the Battle of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts at the start of the American Revolution. It demonstrates that economics reasons were an important cause of the battle and the war. The book notes the impact of Benjamin Franklin’s letters describing poverty in England and shows that the British underestimated the Colonial militias. There is special focus on details of the lives of the Massachusetts militiamen. The book contains b&w historical illustrations and maps. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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& Taylor

The award-winning historian and author of "If By Sea" reinterprets the battle that launched the American Revolution, arguing that the war was based as much in economic concerns as political ones and that most militiamen volunteered on behalf of their livelihoods and in protest of serf-like living conditions.

Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393245745
0393245748
Branch Call Number: 973.311 D265L
Characteristics: xiv, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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