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Our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor; the forging of American independence, 1774-1776.

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Our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor; the forging of American independence, 1774-1776.

Beeman, Richard R.

Basic Books

2013

492 pages

$29.99

Hardcover

E210

Beeman (history, University of Pennsylvania) offers intimate portraits of each of the delegates to the Continental Congress of 1774, shedding light on the radical nature of the decision for independence. After a brief account of the conflict between the American colonies and the British government, the book tells the story of the deliberations of the Continental Congress between Sept 5, 1774, and July 4, 1776, focusing on the personalities and interrelationships among the delegates as well as other key figures. Unlike many other historians, Beeman does not ignore the role of delegate John Dickinson, who argued against independence. The book includes a chronology, and appendices offer beginning and final drafts of the Declaration of Independence. The book includes many b&w historical illustrations, mostly portraits.

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