The Price of Independence: A Realistic View of the American Revolution

The Price of Independence: A Realistic View of the American Revolution

The Price of Independence: A Realistic View of the American Revolution

The Price of Independence: A Realistic View of the American Revolution

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THIS IS A BOOK OF MISFORTUNES AND DISCOURAGEMENTS, THE DISCONCERTING BYPRODUCTS OF WAR. SOME WERE HUMAN FAILURES, OF FAITHLESSNESS, GREED, ANGER. OTHERS were cruelties, not deliberately perpetrated, but inescapable in crowded prisons and pestilential, starving camps. Persecution of loyalists by patriots and retaliatory raids by King's men were not innocent, though surpassed by murder and arson on the frontiers. More mischiefs were political and economic. These were not ascribable to individuals, but resulted from inexperience and unpreparedness of a people suddenly plunged into military contest. Years were necessary to repair the defects of public law and provide for payment of neglected debt. Certain hurtful dislocations could not have been avoided with the best intent and knowledge. Included were the breakdown of the credit of the Continental Congress and the lyrical inflation of prices. These were accompaniments of war that have plagued nations far better established than the erstwhile American colonies.

Actually, the undeveloped character of the country eased the . . .

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