Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor by Richard R. Beeman
The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776

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In 1774 American independence was hardly inevitable—indeed, most Americans found it neither desirable nor likely. When delegates from the thirteen colonies gathered in September 1774, they were, in the words of John Adams, “a gathering of strangers.” With their differing interests and cultural perspectives, perhaps the only thing that bound them together was their common identity as subjects of the British Crown. But as they confronted the array of political, diplomatic, and military challenges facing them during the twenty-two months before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, they gradually shed both their provincial and their British identities and became leaders of an American cause. With narrative verve and deep historical understanding, Richard R. Beeman tells the remarkable story of how the delegates to the Continental Congress, through courage and compromise, came to dedicate their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to the forging of American independence.

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Richard R. Beeman is the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of six books on the American Revolution and the Constitution, Beeman was a National Book Award finalist for Patrick Henry and winner of the George Washington Book Prize for Plain, Honest Men. He lives in Media, Pennsylvania.
Published May 7, 2013 by Basic Books. 528 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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To create this lively study of the main players of the two Continental Congresses, Beeman (History/Univ. of Pennsylvania) draws on his wealth of research from his previous, award-winning works, Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (2009) and Patrick Henry (...

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In this comprehensive account, Beeman examines the American colonists’ transition from “loyal” subjects of the British Crown in 1774 to the “radical” rebels of 1776. The University of Pennsylvania his

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