The Revolutionary Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1776 to 1800

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Chronology of Events

1776

July—Declaration of Independence adopted.

July—The Articles of Confederation, written by John Dickinson, proposed to the Continental Congress.

August—The British army, having departed Boston in March, takes control of New York following its victory at the Battle of Long Island.

December—“Crisis #1,” written by Thomas Paine, published in the Pennsylvania Journal.

December—George Washington leads the Continental army to victory over the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey.

1777

October—The British under Sir Henry Clinton defeat the Americans under General George Washington at Germantown, Pennsylvania.

October—The Americans under General William Howe defeat the British under the command of General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York.

October—The Articles of Confederation approved by the Continental Congress.

December—Washington takes the Continental army into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

1778

February—The United States signs a treaty of alliance with France that was negotiated following the victory at Saratoga, which convinced the French that the revolt against Great Britain could be successful.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Foreword vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Chronology of Events xix
  • Chapter 1 1
  • Chapter 2 33
  • Chapter 3 49
  • Chapter 4 67
  • Note 79
  • Chapter 5 81
  • Chapter 6 93
  • Chapter 7 105
  • Chapter 8 119
  • Chapter 9 127
  • Chapter 10 137
  • Chapter 11 161
  • Chapter 12 181
  • Chapter 13 189
  • Chapter 14 201
  • Note 210
  • Chapter 15 211
  • Chapter 16 223
  • Chapter 17 233
  • Chapter 18 243
  • Chapter 19 253
  • Chapter 20 263
  • Chapter 21 277
  • Chapter 22 295
  • Chapter 23 303
  • Chapter 24 313
  • Chapter 25 323
  • Notes 335
  • Chapter 26 337
  • Selected Bibliography 349
  • Index 353
  • About the Author 359
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