Praise for the previous edition:
"...contains a tremendous amount of primary source materials. It is all carefully organized in a user-friendly format...students of American history researching the American Revolution could benefit greatly from this book...Recommended."The Book Report
While the American Revolution officially began in Lexington, Massachusetts, in April 1775, the seeds of rebellion had been sown for decades. The struggle for representation in the British Parliament left many colonists eager to seek out independence. After “the shot heard round the world,” loyalty to Great Britain was seen as treachery. As political philosophers such as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson laid the foundation for a future government, George Washington led the charge against British forces in war. The American Revolution not only granted independence to the colonies but led to a patriotic national identity as well.
The American Revolution, Updated Edition provides hundreds of firsthand accounts of the period that illustrate how historical events appeared to those who lived through them. Eyewitness testimonies include George Washington, John Dickinson, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, as well as junior officers, soldiers, and noncombatants. In addition, each chapter contains a narrative section and a chronology of events. In this updated edition, author David F. Burg has also added details about the important role of American Indians, African Americans, Jews, and women during the American Revolution. Other features include appendixes that provide concise biographies of 101 influential individuals such as Abigail Adams, Nathan Hale, and George Washington, among others; primary documentseither full text or excerptsamong them the Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, and the Declaration of Independence; maps of important battles of the American Revolution; 103 black-and-white photographs; notes; a thorough bibliography; and an index.
Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps. Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Chronologies. Notes.
About the Author(s)
David F. Burg is a freelance writer and editor who holds a B.A. in English from DePauw University, an M.A. in English from Washington State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American civilization (American studies) from the University of Pennsylvania. Burg also studied British literature and history for one year at the University of Exeter in England. He is the author or coauthor of seven books, including The Great Depression, Updated Edition and The 1980s, both in the Eyewitness History series, and Encyclopedia of Student and Youth Movements, all for Facts On File. He has taught at the University of Kentucky and at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.