By Linda Schmittroth, Mary Kay Rosteck, Stacy A. McConnell
Profiles sixty women and men who have been key gamers at the British or American facet of the yank Revolution, from John Adams, who turned the second one president, to Eliza Wilkinson, who wrote of the day British squaddies looted her South Carolina domestic.
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14 American Revolution: Biographies Serves his country as ambassador abroad Adams served the new country in many ways as war broke out. He became the Chairman of the Board of War, a post now called the Secretary of Defense. At various times between 1777 and 1783, as the Revolutionary War raged, he was called upon to visit foreign countries to enlist their aid in the battle against Great Britain. He served as a commissioner to France, where he and Benjamin Franklin, also serving as an American ambassador abroad, convinced the French to fight alongside American soldiers in the war.
New York: Newsweek Books, 1973. Phelan, Mary Kay. The Story of the Boston Tea Party. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1973. 30 American Revolution: Biographies Ethan Allen Born January 21, 1738 Litchfield, Connecticut Died February 12, 1789 Burlington, Vermont Military leader, businessman, writer T he fiery Ethan Allen was one of the first heroes of the American Revolution. He is remembered for leading a small group of soldiers against the British at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, in May 1775, and winning the surrender of the fort with no bloodshed.
The colonists had never had any representatives in the British Parliament. Adams argued that it was wrong for Parliament to tax the colonies without the colonists having any say in the matter. “No taxation without representation” became the rallying cry. Adams’s well-crafted writings made him New England’s most popular defender of liberty in the press. A formal statement that Adams wrote for his own town in protest of the Stamp Act was used as a model by other towns. Adams became a frequent contributor to the newspapers, speaking out against the perceived injustices carried out by the British Parliament.
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