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Lexington and Concord : the battle heard round the world, George C. Daughan

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Lexington and Concord : the battle heard round the world
Title
Lexington and Concord
Title remainder
the battle heard round the world
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George C. Daughan
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Language
eng
Summary
Reinterprets the battle that launched the American Revolution, arguing that the war was based as much in economic concerns as political ones and that most militiamen volunteered on behalf of their livelihoods and in protest of serf-like living conditions
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  • The battles at Lexington and Concord, MA, sparked the American War for Independence from Britain. Daughan, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature and author of works such as If By Sea, writes a diplomatic and military history of the war's first battles, while also including the economic and social foundations of the patriots' motives. British General Thomas Gage, military governor of Massachusetts Bay, understood the dangers the rebellion posed, but King George and other British officials ignored him. According to Daughan, Gage was largely responsible for the fight that followed, failing to cooperate with Adm. Samuel Graves of the Royal Navy and blundering his way through the encounter. The patriots, on the other hand, benefited from sound preparation and leadership, with veteran Colonel James Barrett coordinating much of the action. Daughan provides a patriot-centric view, emphasizing bravery among the colonial militia and the British redcoats' brutality. British soldiers bayoneted a number of patriots, including the wounded, but the rebels treated captured British stragglers well. The maps are useful but could have been more detailed. VERDICT Overall, this sound, accessible history is geared toward general audiences, but it will also appeal to military historians and Revolutionary War enthusiasts. --Matthew Wayman (Reviewed 03/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 5, p100)
  • /* Starred Review */ A readable history of the first battle of the American Revolution and the militiamen "who risked everything to defend their way of life and the freedom of future generations." This is hardly a new story, but Daughan (Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence, 2016, etc.) imbues it with added nuances of character and motivation. Though King George III had not yet succumbed to the madness that would beset him in later years, he demanded nothing less than unconditional submission by the Colonies, reimbursement for tea and taxes lost during the Boston Tea Party, and vicious bombardment of coastal towns. The greatest failure of the king and his officials was their impatience in requiring rapid results without supplying sufficient resources. All, notes the author, were equally guilty of presuming that the reputation of British might would immediately frighten the colonists into submission. Nearly every one of Gen. Thomas Gage's requests was ignored, which was especially surprising given his continuous service in the Colonies since 1755. The strength of the colonists' militias was impressive; their numbers were considerably larger than any thought possible, while the number of loyalists were much fewer. Even though the standard of living in Massachusetts was high, the militiamen were not merely comfortable gentlemen untrained in warfare. Most were veterans of the French and Indian War and well-versed in organizing an army. While the problems seemed to begin in Boston, officials in London thought the Bostonians would be on their own in confronting the king's taxes. They couldn't have been more wrong, as 11 of the 12 other Colonies were quick to back up Massachusetts. As Daughan clearly shows, there were many errors of judgment in Boston, perhaps due to Gage's fury at being ignored; his heart was not in a fight that he knew he would lose. Just like Revolution on the Hudson, a wonderful addition to the literature on the American Revolution, full of enlightening facts and figures. (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2018)
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10638350
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Daughan, George C
Dewey number
973.3/311
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E241.L6
LC item number
D38 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Lexington, Battle of, Lexington, Mass., 1775
  • Concord, Battle of, Concord, Mass., 1775
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the battle heard round the world
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Lexington and Concord : the battle heard round the world, George C. Daughan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-327) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
The final straw -- General Thomas Gage and George III -- Benjamin Franklin excoriated -- Britain closes the Port of Boston -- Declaring war on Massachusetts -- Support for Boston broadens -- Defiance escalates -- A deepening crisis -- The counties strike back -- His Majesty refuses to bend -- The Powder Alarm -- The colonies unite -- The Suffolk Resolves -- Congress completes its work -- Slaves -- The perverse effects of the Powder Alarm -- The march to war -- Chatham's opposition -- Lords North and Dartmouth secretly search for peace -- The decision for war -- Parliament votes for war -- The country people -- The country people find many supporters -- Tensions mount -- Still waiting -- Fateful orders -- Gage's decision -- Crossing the Rubicon -- Paul Revere -- The British march to Concord bogs down -- A massacre at Lexington -- The road to Concord -- The Concord fight -- The bloody road back to Lexington -- Lord Percy to the rescue -- A masterful retreat -- The siege of Boston: part one -- The siege: part two -- Earth-shattering news
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393245745
Lccn
2017060269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 988276278
  • (OCoLC)988276278
Label
Lexington and Concord : the battle heard round the world, George C. Daughan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [297]-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The final straw -- General Thomas Gage and George III -- Benjamin Franklin excoriated -- Britain closes the Port of Boston -- Declaring war on Massachusetts -- Support for Boston broadens -- Defiance escalates -- A deepening crisis -- The counties strike back -- His Majesty refuses to bend -- The Powder Alarm -- The colonies unite -- The Suffolk Resolves -- Congress completes its work -- Slaves -- The perverse effects of the Powder Alarm -- The march to war -- Chatham's opposition -- Lords North and Dartmouth secretly search for peace -- The decision for war -- Parliament votes for war -- The country people -- The country people find many supporters -- Tensions mount -- Still waiting -- Fateful orders -- Gage's decision -- Crossing the Rubicon -- Paul Revere -- The British march to Concord bogs down -- A massacre at Lexington -- The road to Concord -- The Concord fight -- The bloody road back to Lexington -- Lord Percy to the rescue -- A masterful retreat -- The siege of Boston: part one -- The siege: part two -- Earth-shattering news
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780393245745
Lccn
2017060269
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 988276278
  • (OCoLC)988276278

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