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Patriots, Conspirators & Poltroons

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by: David Fullen
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Publication Date: October 3, 2018
Book Size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 401
Binding: Perfect Bound
ISBN: 9781633239838

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Book Synopsis
America in the eighteenth century was a combination of contretemps, avarice, subordination, and contemptible barbarity. Geography, natural resources, and the hope for something better brought about a collision of cultures, among which were the French, Spanish, British, American settlers and Native Americans.
In retrospection, we can see that the American Revolution began long before the shots rang out in 1775. In 1763, a different attitude emerged from the Americans. The hubris of the British led, indubitably, to friction. England, sending over British troops and expecting the colonists to subsidize their expense and allow the soldiers to live in American homes was a classic example of blatant asininity. The colonists viewed this as an unacceptable imposition, both financially and personally. Similarly, measures to control the American judges and courts, reducing the authority of the assemblies, and collecting taxes on trade between the American mainland and the West Indies, was unacceptable.
During the summer of 1774, in a stupid and arrogant move, a succession of acts, officially known as the Coercive Acts (Intolerable Acts to the Americans) passed in England. Their purpose was to punish Boston until they paid for the tea. The first of these legislative acts closed the Boston harbor. Subsequent actions placed the city under the military command of General Thomas Gage and included a new arrangement for the quartering of troops. It was a doomed policy, which was destined to exacerbate the situation.
Undercover of secrecy, the First Continental Congress met on September 5, 1774. Each colony except Georgia sent delegates to this conspiratorial meeting. They did this covertly because they did not want the British to learn that the colonies were preparing to unite. In total, there were fifty-six delegates, including George Washington, Patrick Henry, and John Adams.
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