Biographies of the American Revolution: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Paul Jones, and More (Impact on America: Collective Biographies)

Biographies of the American Revolution: Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Paul Jones, and More (Impact on America: Collective Biographies)

Language: English

Pages: 146

ISBN: 1615306854

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A captivating series that surveys the lives of the political figures and social revolutionaries who shaped early U.S. history includes vibrant images depicting memorable events and individuals, a glossary, explanations of key terms and ideas, and relevant
Title: Biographies of the American Revolution
Author: Anderson, Michael (EDT)
Publisher: Rosen Pub Group
Publication Date: 2012/08/10
Number of Pages: 146
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2011046358

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Virginia. At 25 he took a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was among the first to suggest that the colonists organize committees to achieve unified action against the British. Lee was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and president of the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1786. Lee was opposed to the idea of a constitution. He and Patrick Henry were its most violent critics. They feared that it would deprive the states of their rights and might become an instrument of

with Gen. Horatio Gates’s victory in New York at the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777. However, Washington’s army suffered losses against the British forces in Pennsylvania at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown in the fall of 1777. In December 1777 Washington withdrew to Valley Forge, Pa., where he set up winter quarters. Enduring months of bitter cold and some 2,000 desertions, Washington managed to reorganize his army for the ongoing fight. The decisive stroke of the war came under

about 1728 in Maldon, Essex County, England. He began his military career in North America as a captain in the British Army during the French and Indian War. Promoted during the war, he returned to England as a major in 1765. He retired from the British Army in 1769. Financial difficulties caused Gates to seek new opportunities in North America. In 1772 he immigrated with his family to Berkeley County, Va. (now part of West Virginia). He soon adopted the colonial anti-British sentiment in the

make Vermont a separate British province. For his part in this affair, he was accused of treason, but later the charge was dropped. Allen died in Burlington, Vt., on Feb. 12, 1789. CHAPTER 23 NATHAN HALE Captured by the British and condemned to hang as a spy during the American Revolution, Nathan Hale said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Hale’s words still stand as a lasting testimony to patriotism and courage. Nathan Hale was born in Coventry, Conn., on

as a martyr in the American colonists’ struggle against the British. Attucks’s life prior to the day of his death is still shrouded in mystery. Nothing is known for certain, but historians generally agree that Attucks was of mixed ancestry, of both African and Natick Indian descent. It is also believed that Attucks was the runaway slave described in a notice that ran in the Boston Gazette in 1750. In the 20-year interval between his escape from slavery and his death at the hands of British

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