An award-winning historian reinterprets the battle that launched the American Revolution. George C. Daughan’s magnificently detailed account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord challenges the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much in economic concerns as political ones. When Massachusetts militiamen turned out in overwhelming numbers to fight the British, they believed they were fighting for their farms and livelihoods, as well as for liberty. Benjamin Franklin was not surprised by this widespread belief. In the years prior to the Revolution, Franklin had toured Great Britain and witnessed the wretched living conditions of the king’s subjects. They wore rags for clothes, went barefoot, and had little to eat. They were not citizens, but serfs. Franklin described the appalling situation in a number of letters home. In the eyes of many American colonists, Britain’s repressive measures were not seen simply as an effort to reestablish political control of the colonies, but also as a means to reduce the prosperous colonists themselves to the serfdom described in the Franklin letters. Another key factor in the outcome of this historic battle, according to Daughan, was the scorn British officers had for colonial fighters. Although the British officers had fought alongside colonial Americans in the ferocious French and Indian War, they failed to anticipate the skill, organization, and sheer numbers of the colonial militias. Daughan explains how British arrogance led them to defeat at the hands of motivated, experienced patriot fighters determined to protect their way of life. Authoritative and immersive, Lexington and Concord gives us a new understanding of a battle that became a template for colonial uprisings in later centuries.
Every battle has two sides, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution is no different. Experience the event from perspecitve of the Americans, and then read the perspective of the British. A deeper understanding of the battle from both sides will give readers a clearer view of this historic event.
Lexington, Battle of, Lexington, Mass., 1775 by Elias Phinney
And of the Battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. Also an Account of the Bunker Hill Monument. With Illustrative Documents
Author: Richard Frothingham
Category: Boston (Mass.)
This extensive work on the early armed conflicts of the American Revolution went through several printings in the 19th century. Frothingham takes an in-depth look at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill, complete with maps and illustrations.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord are often glossed over in history books as the beginning of the American Revolution in April 1777. However, how they fit in with the events before and after the war are well worth reading about. This book provides a detailed look at these famous battles, including the mysterious first shot of the war, also called " the shot heard round the world." Beautiful portraits of the events, interesting sidebars offering more information, and a timeline of the entire war makes this a beneficial resource of this period in American history.
Explores the Battles of Lexington and Concord of the American Revolution. Authoritative text, colorful illustrations, illuminating sidebars, and questions to prompt critical thinking make this an exciting and informative read.
According to the traditional telling, the American Revolution began with “the shot heard round the world.” Now in paperback, Ray Raphael’s The First American Revolution uses the wide-angle lens of a people’s historian to tell a surprising new story of America’s revolutionary struggle. In the years before the battle of Lexington and Concord, local people—men and women of common means but of uncommon courage—overturned British authority and declared themselves free from colonial oppression, with acts of rebellion that long predated the Boston Tea Party. In rural towns such as Worcester, Massachusetts, democracy set down roots well before the Boston patriots made their moves in the fight for independence. Richly documented, The First American Revolution recaptures in vivid detail the grassroots activism that drove events in the years leading up to the break from Britain.
April 19, 1775. Find out why this date will live in infamy in Battle of Lexington and Concord. Learn what led up the battle, including the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, the Boston Massacre, the First Continental Congress, and the orders to disarm the colonists. Get to know key historical figures including Colonial leaders Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Captain John Parker, and Major John Buttrick and British leaders Major John Pitcairn, General Thomas Gage, and Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith. Put yourself on the first battlefield of the American Revolutionary War as you learn about military strategy and resulting casualties. Learn what weapons were used, including muzzle-loading flintlock muskets, bayonets, cannons, rifles, pistols, and swords. Finally, discover the outcomes and aftermath of this pivotal conflict, including the Declaration of Independence, Americans rallying around the cause, and the Treaty of Paris, which finally ended the war in 1783. Black and white and color photographs, illuminating quotations, maps, charts, a glossary, an index, and book links round out this exciting and informative title. ABDO & Daughters is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.