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On September 6, 1781, Connecticut native Benedict Arnold and a force of 1,600 British soldiers and loyalists took Fort Griswold and burnt New London to the ground. The brutality of the invasion galvanized the new nation, and “Remember New London!” would become a rallying cry for troops under General Lafayette. In Homegrown Terror, Eric D. Lehman chronicles the events leading up to the attack and highlights this key transformation in Arnold—the point where he went from betraying his comrades to massacring his neighbors and destroying their homes. This defining incident forever marked him as a symbol of evil, turning an antiheroic story about weakness of character and missed opportunity into one about the nature of treachery itself. Homegrown Terror draws upon a variety of perspectives, from the traitor himself to his former comrades like Jonathan Trumbull and Silas Deane, to the murdered Colonel Ledyard. Rethinking Benedict Arnold through the lens of this terrible episode, Lehman sheds light on the ethics of the dawning nation, and the way colonial America responded to betrayal and terror.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Editorial series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xxii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. On the Edge of Spring
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Flashpoint
  2. pp. 14-27
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  1. Resist Even Unto Blood
  2. pp. 28-45
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  1. The Shadow War
  2. pp. 46-61
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  1. Invasion
  2. pp. 62-78
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  1. Villainous Perfidy
  2. pp. 79-96
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  1. The Scandal of the Age
  2. pp. 97-112
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  1. A Parricide in Old Virginia
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. William Ledyard’s Last Summer
  2. pp. 127-139
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  1. The Sixth of September
  2. pp. 140-150
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  1. The Battle of Groton Heights
  2. pp. 151-161
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  1. Remember New London
  2. pp. 162-177
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  1. The Fall of Silas Deane
  2. pp. 178-196
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 197-204
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  1. A Note on Sources
  2. pp. 205-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-264
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 265-266
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819573308
Print ISBN
9780819573292
MARC Record
OCLC
899157459
Pages
300
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-31
Language
English
Open Access
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