American History Told by Contemporaries: Building of the Republic 1689 - 1783, Volume 2

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Albert Bushnell Hart
The Minerva Group, Inc., 2002 - 676 pagine
This volume draws less on documents - charters, messages, resolutions, declarations, instructions, statutes, and treaties - than on those kinds of material in which the personality of the writer plays a greater part - journals, letters, reports, discussions, and reminiscences.The first half of this volume is to show the interest and the continuance of colonial history from the end of the seventeenth century to the outbreak of the Revolution. The lessons of this Aforgotten half-century@ are not to be found in the petty events of each colony, but in the growth of principles of government and of a social and economic system. Hitherto it has been hard to study this important formative period, because the illustrative material was so scattered - perhaps this volume will help to bring out the significance of the growth of an American spirit which made union and independence possible.The history of the American Revolution, which is the subject of the second part of the volume, has usually been written as annals of military campaigns. This volume brings out, from the writings of the time, the real spirit of the Revolution: the ill-judged restrictive system of the home government; the passionate arguments for and against taxation; the fervor of the irregular opposition in the colonies. Patriots, Englishmen, and loyalists speak for themselves, and thus make clear that increasing and unappeasable discontent whcih preceded and explains the Revolution.Our forefathers did interesting things and left entertaining records. The story of our nation=s development is clearer for the suggestions made by these writers. They are prejudiced; they see but a part of what is going on; they leave many gaps; but, after all, they tell the story.The collection was selected and edited in 1900 by Albert Bushnell Hart, Professor of History at Harvard University, and a well-respected and published scholar.
 

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PART I
1
Libraries of Sources in American History
10
Use of Sources by Readers
28
PART II
35
Witches Testimony 1692
41
His Majestys Council in New Jersey
80
Edward Randolph
94
Commissioners of Maryland and Pennsylvania
107
PART VI
373
Commissioner Benjamin Franklin
381
THE STAMP ACT CONTROVERSY
394
Josiah Quincy Jr
397
Judge Richard Henderson
426
John Andrews
433
154
439
King George Third
451

PAGE
110
Secretary Colonel William Stephens
122
King William Third
129
Secretary the Earl of Dartmouth
169
Secretary Charles Read
175
CHAPTER XCOLONIAL COURTS
188
Clerk Ephraim Herman
205
Benjamin Franklin
229
Colonel William Byrd
235
COMMERCE AND CURRENCY
244
Governor William Burnet
251
Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations
297
INTERCOLONIAL 16891764
312
Anonymous
344
THE FRENCH AND INDIAN
352
Anonymous
365
most striking proof of the inadequacy of the evidence and of the terror of the prose
369
PAGE
454
Mrs Esther Reed and General George Washington
467
THE AMERICAN FORCES
481
Colonel Alexander Hamilton
488
Surgeon James Thacher
493
THE BRITISH FORCES
500
PART VIII
519
Delegate Richard Smith
525
Chairman Meshech Weare Secretary E Thompson and others
534
Robert Morris
556
FRENCH ALLIANCE 17781779
574
General Frederick William Baron von Steuben
582
CRISIS IN DOMESTIC AFFAIRS 17791782
591
Superintendent Robert Morris
605
308
633
354
638
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