The Story Of The Revolution

Taal: Engels
The Story Of The Revolution
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  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9781406771930
  • maart 2007
  • 460 pagina's
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THE STORY OF THE REVOLUTION THE STORY OF THE REVOLUTION BY HENRY CABOT LODGE NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNERS SONS 1919 COPYRIGHT, 1898, 1903, BY CHARLES SCRIBNERS SONS Originally published in two volumes, November, 1898 New edition in one volume, September, 1903 Library edition, September, 1919 TO THE ARMY AND NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES, VICTORS OF MANILA, SANTIAGO AND PORTO RICO, WORTHY SUCCESSORS OF THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS WHO UNDER THE LEAD OF GEORGE WASHINGTON WON AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. THIS STORY OF THE REVOLUTION IS DEDICATED CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE I. THE FIRST STEP 1 II. THE FIRST Btow 18 III. THE SECOND CONGRESS 34 IV. THE REPLY TO LORD SANDWICH . . . . 46 V. THE SIEGK OF BOSTON 66 VI. THE SPREAD OP REVOLUTION 81 VII. INDEPENDENCE 95 VIII. THE FIGHT FOR THE HUDSON .... 123 IX. TRENTON AND PRINCETON 138 X. THE BURGOYNE CAMPAIGN 151 XL TUB RESULTS OF SARATOGA 171 XIL FABIUS 185 XIIL How THE WEST WAS SAVED 216 XIV. THE INVASION OF GEORGIA 237 XV. THE SOUTH RISES IN DEFENCE .... 247 XVL KINGS MOUNTAIN AND THE COWPENS, . 259 XVII. GREENES CAMPAIGN IN THE SOUTH . . . 281 XVIIL THK TEST OF ENDURANCE 311 XIX. YORKTOWN 344 XX. How PEACE WAS MADE 373 XXL How THE WAR ENDED 385 XXI I. THE MEANING OF THE AMERICAN REVOLU TION 392 vil viii CONTENTS APPENDIX CHAPTER PAC. E I. THE DECLARATION OF TNDKPUNDKNCE, . 417 II. THE PARIS TREATY 422 III. GENERAL WASHINGTONS AUDRISSS TO CON GRESS ON RESIGNING His COMMISSION . . 428 INDEX 431 THE STORY OF THE REVOLUTION THE STORY OF THE REVOLUTION CHAPTER I THE FIRST STEP IN 1774 Philadelphia was the largest town in the American Colonies. Estimates of the popula tion, which are all we have, differ widely, but it was probably not far from 30,000. A single city nowhas a larger population than all the colonies possessed in 1774, and there are in the United States to-day 104 cities and towns of over 30,000 inhabitants. 1 Figures alone, however, cannot express the difference between those days and our own. Now a town of 30,000 people is reached by railroads and telegraphs. It is in close touch with all the rest of the world. Business brings strangers to it constantly, who come like shadows and so depart, unnoticed, except by those with whom they are immediately concerned. This was not the case in 1774, not even in Philadelphia, which was as nearly as possible the central point of the colonies as well as the most populous city. Thanks to the energy and genius of Franklin, Philadelphia was paved, lighted, and ordered in a way almost unknown in any other town of that period It was well built and thriv ing. Business was active and the people, who were thrifty and prosperous, lived well. . Yet, despite all these good qualities, we must make an effort of the U898. 2 THE STORY OF THE REVOLUTION imagination to realize how quietly and slowly life moved then in comparison to the pace of to-day. There in Philadelphia was the centre of the postal system of the continent, and the recently established mail-coach called the Flying Machine, not in jest but in praise, performed the journey to New York in the hitherto unequalled time of two days. Another mail at longer intervals crept more slowly to the South. Vessels of the coastwise traffic, or from beyond seas, came into port at uncertain times, and after long and still more uncertain voyages. The daily round of life was so regular and so uneventful that any incident or any novelty drew interest and attention in away which would now be impossible. In this thriving, well-conditioned, prosperous colo nial town, strangers like events, were not common, and their appearance was sure to attract notice, es pecially if they gave evidence of distinction or were known to come with an important purpose. We can guess easily, therefore, at the interest which was felt by the people of Philadelphia in the strangers from other colonies who began to appear on their streets in the late summer of 1774, although these visitors were neither unexpected nor uninvited...



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