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David Ramsay's premier work of American historiography is now available for the first time in a well-edited reprint. Lester Cohen's foreword is an invaluable guide.

—Arthur H. Shaffer, University of Missouri

David Ramsay's History of the American Revolution appeared in 1789 during an enthusiastic celebration of nationhood. It is the first American national history written by an American revolutionary and printed in America. Ramsay, a well-known Federalist, was an active participant in many of the events of the period and a member of the Continental Congress from South Carolina.

Ramsay discusses the events and ideas of the American Revolution (from the outbreak of turbulence in the 1760s to the onset of Washington's administration) and makes an ardent Federalist defense of the Constitution of 1787.

Based on the original and authorized 1789 version, this is the first new modern edition of the work.

Lester H. Cohen taught history and American Studies at Purdue University.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xxxii
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. xxxiii-xxxvii
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  1. Editor's Note
  2. pp. xxxix-xli
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  1. Preface [to the first edition]
  2. pp. xliii-xliv
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  1. The History of the American Revolution Volume I
  2. p. 1
  1. Chapter I. Of the Settlement of the English Colonies, and of the political Condition of their Inhabitants.
  2. pp. 3-40
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  1. Chapter II. The Origin of the disputes between Great-Britain and her Colonies, in the Year 1764, and its progress till 1773.
  2. pp. 41-87
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  1. Chapter III. Tea is sent by the East India Company to America, and is refused, or destroyed, by the Colonists. Boston port act, &c.
  2. pp. 88-103
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  1. Chapter IV. Proceedings of the Colonies in 1774, in consequence of the Boston Port Act, &viz.
  2. pp. 104-135
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  1. Chapter V. Transactions in Great-Britain, in consequence of the proceedings of Congress, in 1774.
  2. pp. 136-159
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  1. Appendix No. I. Some special transactions of Dr. Franklin in London, in behalf of America.
  2. pp. 160-169
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  1. Chapter VI. Consequences in America, resulting from the preceding transactions of Parliament; and of the commencement of Hostilities.
  2. pp. 170-191
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  1. Chapter VIII. Ticonderoga taken, and Canada invaded.
  2. pp. 210-227
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  1. Chapter IX. Transactions in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, and the general state of Public Affairs in the Colonies.
  2. pp. 228-240
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  1. Chapter X. Transactions in Massachusetts, and Evacuation of Boston.
  2. pp. 241-248
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  1. Chapter XI. Transactions in Canada.
  2. pp. 249-262
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  1. Chapter XII. The Proceedings of Parliament, against the Colonies, 1775-6. Operations in South-Carolina, New-York, and New-Jersey.
  2. pp. 263-310
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  1. Chapter XIII. Of Independence, State Constitutions, and the Confederation.
  2. pp. 311-334
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  1. The History of the American Revolution Volume II
  2. p. i
  1. Chapter XIV. The Campaign of 1777, in the Middle States.
  2. pp. 337-358
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  1. Chapter XV. The Northern Campaign of 1777.
  2. pp. 359-390
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  1. Chapter XVI. The Alliance between France and the United States. The Campaign of 1778.
  2. pp. 391-428
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  1. Chapter XVII. Campaign of 1779.
  2. pp. 429-451
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  1. Appendix No. II. Of Continental Paper Currency.
  2. pp. 452-462
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  1. Chapter XVIII. Of Indians, and Expeditions into the Indian Country.
  2. pp. 463-475
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  1. Chapter XIX. Campaign of 1780 in the Southern States.
  2. pp. 476-503
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  1. Chapter XX. Campaign of 1780, in the Northern States.
  2. pp. 504-525
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  1. Chapter XXI. Foreign Affairs, connected with the American Revolution 1780, 1781.
  2. pp. 526-538
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  1. Chapter XXII. The revolt of the Pennsylvania line; of part of the Jersey troops; distresses of the American army; Arnold's invasion of Virginia.
  2. pp. 539-548
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  1. Chapter XXIII. Campaign of 1781. Operations in the two Carolinas and Georgia.
  2. pp. 549-572
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  1. Chapter XXIV. Campaign of 1781. Operations in Virfinia: Cornwallis captured: New-London destroyed.
  2. pp. 573-597
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  1. Appendix No. III. Of the treatment of prisoners, and of the distresses of the Inhabitants.
  2. pp. 598-606
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  1. Chapter XXVI. Campaign of 1782. Foreign events and negotiations. peace 1782.
  2. pp. 607-624
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  1. Appendix No. IV. The State of parties; the advantages and disadvantages of the Revolution; its influence on the minds an dmorals of the Citizens.
  2. pp. 625-638
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  1. AN ALPHABETICAL LIST OF THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, WHO ATTENDED FROM THE SEVERAL STATES, FROM THE 5TH NOVEMBER, 1774, TO THE 3D OF MARCH, 1789.
  2. pp. 668-673
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 675-701
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  1. Publication Information
  2. p. 706
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781614878568
Related ISBN
9780865970816
MARC Record
OCLC
820841820
Pages
755
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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