“This rich quarry of historic wealth is now, in completed state, accessible to every American . . . Certainly no work is so well calculated to lure the minds of the young through different stages of the great drama of our independence.”
—New York Times
In this second book in a three-volume set, author and historian Benson J. Lossing continues his journey across America and his research of the Revolution.
This volume begins with the unfurling of the first United States flag and focuses on the war in Boston and the life and legend of Benedict Arnold. Lossing includes sections on Rhode Island and how the war affected the people there, and he describes the events leading up to the meetings of the Second Continental Congress, giving details down to John Hancock’s mahogany chair.
He discusses the effect of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense on the colonies, which were torn between loyalty and liberty. He includes Thomas Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of Independence and explains why he was chosen by the Continental Congress to write it. From the first ringing of the Liberty Bell to the assistance of French officer La Fayette, this second volume is as stunning as the first and a must-have for everyone interested in United States history.