No event in American history was more pivotal-or more furiously
contested-than Congress's decision to declare independence in July
1776. Even months after American blood had been shed at Lexington and
Concord, many colonists remained loyal to Britain. John Adams, a leader
of the revolutionary effort, said bringing the fractious colonies
together was like getting "thirteen clocks to strike at once."
Other books have been written about the Declaration, but no author has
traced the political journey from protest to Revolution with the
narrative scope and flair of John Ferling. Independence takes
readers from the cobblestones of Philadelphia into the halls of
Parliament, where many sympathized with the Americans and furious debate
erupted over how to deal with the rebellion. Independence is not only the story of how freedom was won, but how an empire was lost.
At this remarkable moment in history, high-stakes politics was
intertwined with a profound debate about democracy, governance, and
justice. John Ferling, drawing on a lifetime of scholarship, brings this
passionate struggle to life as no other historian could. Independence will be hailed as the finest work yet from the author Michael Beschloss calls "a national resource."
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