The Literary History of the American Revolution,1763-1783 - Vol. 1

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PREFACE.

THERE would, perhaps, be no injustice in describing this book as the product of a new method, at least of a method never before so fully applied, in the critical treatment of the American Revolution. The outward history of that famous procedure has been many times written, and is now, by a new breed of American scholars, being freshly rewritten in the light of larger evidence, and under the direction of a more disinterested and a more judicial spirit. In the present work, for the first time in a systematic and a fairly complete way, is set forth the inward history of our Revolution--the history of its ideas, its spiritual moods, its motives, its passions, even of its sportive caprices and its whims, as these uttered themselves at the time, whether consciously or not, in the various writings of the two parties of Americans who promoted or resisted that great movement.

The plan of the author has been to let both parties in the controversy--the Whigs and the Tories, the Revolutionists and the Loyalists--tell their own story freely in their own way, and without either of them being liable, at our hands, to posthumous outrage in the shape of partisan imputations

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