The American Revolution (Landmark Books)
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In the American colonies of the 1770s, people were fed up with British laws. Local farmers and tradesmen secretly formed a militia. In 1775, when the British marched into Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, the Americans were ready. From that first battle to the final showdown at Yorktown, the Americans fought against tremendous odds. The British army was bigger and better trained. Food and guns were scarce. But George Washington’s ragged army fought for–and won–the freedom and independence we cherish to this day.Illustrated with black-and-white photographs, the tale of our country's fight for independence is brought to life in fast-moving, dramatic detail.
Britain was likely to mean. The battle has always been called Bunker’s Hill even though Breed’s Hill was where the little stronghold stood. The fighting was a foretaste of something the war would prove: that both British and American soldiers were capable of great bravery. Americans had thought the redcoats were not “free men,” and therefore cowards. The British had thought that Americans, lacking military discipline, could never stand up against a professional army’s attack. Neither idea—as
or Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River near Trenton, leaving all northern New Jersey in British hands. The Americans seemed to have no fight left after their series of defeats and withdrawals. General Howe was so confident that he could easily finish off Washington that he sent a large section of the British army to capture Newport, Rhode Island, which was undefended. They were to settle into winter quarters there. In those days, wars usually stopped during the bad winter weather. The
moment, two American divisions collided. They fired at each other, and then both outfits broke in panic and ran. The Chew House, Germantown, Pennsylvania. These walls were much too strong for the six-pound cannon balls of Colonel Henry Knox’s artillery on October 3, 1777. One American mistake followed another. By the time the main battle in the village developed, the Americans were exhausted. Many of the soldiers had already used up all their ammunition. The British pushed them back. Finally,
governor who was, in most cases, appointed by the King, each of the thirteen colonies had an Assembly, or legislature, elected by the people. These Assemblies, most Americans believed, had the right to decide on local taxes. In England, after a long fight, Parliament had won control of taxation. Americans, as British subjects living abroad, felt that their own legislatures should control American taxes. Or, as the popular rallying cry said it: “No taxation without representation!” Neither the
dispersed. It had been murder, Bostonians insisted, ignoring the fact that the mob had provoked the guard. Captain Preston and his men had to be tried. All the lawyers in Boston were afraid to defend the British soldiers—all, that is, except two. They were John Adams and Josiah Quincy, Jr. Adams was in his middle thirties, learned and hardworking. He was well known as a defender of the rights of Americans, and he was a distant cousin of Sam Adams, the expert politician and leader of the Boston