Part 5. The Age of Revolution, 1765-1825

The Boisterous Sea of Liberty

Part 5. The Age of Revolution, 1765-1825

The Boisterous Sea of Liberty

A Documentary History of America from Discovery through the Civil War
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Paperback 13/01/2000 ISBN13: 9780195116700 ISBN10: 0195116704 Drawing on a gold mine of primary documents--including letters, diary entries, personal narratives, political speeches, broadsides, trial transcripts, and contemporary newspaper articles--The Boisterous Sea of Liberty brings the past to life in a way few histories ever do.
Here is a panoramic look at early American history as captured in the words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and many other historical figures, both famous and obscure. In these pieces, the living voices of the past speak to us from opposing viewpoints--from the vantage point of loyalists as well as patriots, slaves as well as masters. The documents collected here provide a fuller understanding of such historical issues as Columbus's dealings with Native Americans, the Stamp Act Crisis, the Declaration of Independence, the Whiskey Rebellion, the Missouri Crisis, the Mexican War, and Harpers Ferry, to name but a few.
Compiled by Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Brion Davis and Steven Mintz, and accompanied by extensive illustrations of original documents, The Boisterous Sea of Liberty brings the reader back in time, to meet the men and women who lived through the momentous events that shaped our nation.

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Part 5. The Age of Revolution, 1765-1825    139

The Proclamation of 1763   144 1. "The several Nations...of Indians...should not be molested"    144
George III, Proclamation of 1763, October 7, 1763

The Stamp Act Crisis    146 2. "There is a violent spirit of opposition raised on the continent"   146
Archibald Hinschelwood, August 19, 1765

3. "There is not gold and silver enough in the colonies to pay the stamp duty for one year"    148
Benjamin Franklin, "The Examination of Doctor Benjamin Franklin," 1766

The Townshend Acts   151 4. "Taxes...are imposed upon the People, without their consent"    151
John Hancock and four other Boston selectmen, September 14, 1768

5. "The governors of too many of ye colonies are not only unprincipled, but...rapacious"    152
James Otis, July 27, 1769

6. "The now publicly declared to be for the purpose of enforcing obedience to the authority of Parliament"    153
Charles Thomson, November 26, 1769

The Boston Massacre 154 7. "A most horrid murder was 8 or 9 Soldiers"   154
Deacon John Tudor, 1770

8. "What are all the Riches...of Life compared with...Liberty"   156
Brutus, May 16, 1770

9. "I trust we have Virtue & Resolution"   157
John Dickinson, October 31, 1770

10. "My Enemies were forced to content themselves with abusing me... in the Newspapers"    158
Benjamin Franklin, December 30, 1770

The Regulators 159 11. "Lawyers, bad everywhere, but in Carolina worse than bad"   159
Richard Henry Lee, June 19, 1771

Samuel Adams    159 12. "The Wretch who betrays his Country"   159
Samuel Adams, July 16, 1772

13. "A System of Tyranny gaining ground upon us every day"    160
John Adams, April 19, 1773

The Boston Tea Party 161 14. "Nothing but equal Liberty...can secure the attachment of the Colonies to Britain"   161
John Adams, December 11, 1773

15. "There arrived from England 450 chests of tea"   162
John Easson, December 18, 1773

16. "We consider each Colony on this Continent as parts of the same Body"    162
George Read, Thomas McKean, and Jonathan McKinley, May 26, 1774

17. "They found upwards of fifty thousand men well armed, actually on their march to Boston"   165
Caesar Rodney, September 17, 1774

18. "Ruinous system of colony administration...calculated for enslaving these Colonies"    165
The Association, agreed upon by the Grand American Continental Congress, October 20, 1774

19. "We...lay our grievances before the throne"   168
Petition from the General Congress in America to the king, October 26, 1774

20. "When a Nation...turns advocate for Slavery and Oppression, there is reason to suspect she has...ceased to be virtuous"    169
Letter from the General Congress at Philadelphia, September 5, 1774

American Resistance to Britain    171 21. "It will produce Resistance, and Reprisal, and a Flame through all America"    171
John Adams, December 28, 1774

22. "Kings are servants, not the proprietors of the people"    171
Thomas Jefferson, "A Summary View of the Rights of British America," 1774

23. "We consider ourselves as laying the foundation of a glorious future Empire"   172
Ezra Stiles, April 15, 1775

The Battles of Lexington and Concord   173 24. "Troops...marched to Lexington & there Killed a number of our American Soldiers"    173
Isaac Merrill, April 19, 1775

25. "The name of God has been introduced in the pulpits to excite and justify devestation and massacre"   175
Thomas Gage, Proclamation of amnesty, June 12, 1775

26. "All Europe is interested in the fate of America"    176
Mercy Otis Warren, August 24, 1775

27. "I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense"   178
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

28. "The Course of Events naturally turns the thoughts of Gentlemen to the Subjects of Legislation"    179
John Adams, November 15, 1775

29. "It is not choice...but necessity that calls for Independence"    181
Richard H. Lee, June 2, 1776

30. "Our affairs are hastening fast to a Crisis"    182
John Hancock, June 4, 1776

Declaring Independence 183 31. "The Christian King of Great Britain [is] determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold"    183
Thomas Jefferson, draft of the Declaration of Independence, 1776

Slavery and the American Revolution   186 32. "In the year of our Lord 1775...I entered into the service of the U.S. as a private soldier"    187
Peter Kiteridge, April 6, 1806

33. "The Iniquitous Practice of depriving any of their just right to Liberty"   188
Society of Friends, extracts from the minutes of the yearly meeting, September 23-28, 1776

34. "To prohibit a great people...from making all that they can of every part of their own a manifest violation of the most sacred rights of mankind"    189
Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776

35. "Our cause is the cause of God, of human nature & Posterity"   191
John Jay, December 23, 1776

36. "It seems their design is, this spring, to spread smallpox thro the country"    193
Josiah Bartlett, April 21, 1777

37. "I hope you will not consider yourself as commander in chief of your own house"    194
Lucy Knox, August 23, 1777

38. "It would be next to impossible for Britain to succeed"   196
George Washington, December 14-15, 1777

39. "We had...not less than 2898 men unfit for duty, by reason of their being barefoot and otherwise naked"    198
George Washington, December 29, 1777

40. "The benevolent overtures of Great-Britain towards a re-union and coalition with her colonies"   199
Sir Henry Clinton, "Manifesto and Proclamation to the Members of the General Assemblies," October 3, 1778

Benedict Arnold's Treason 201 41. "The indeed shocking to humanity"   201
Edmund Pendleton, October 17, 1780

The War in the South    202 42. "The loud roaring of our approaching Enemy"   202
Henry Laurens, February 14, 1780

43. "A considerable Fleet of the Enemy has arrived within our Capes"   202
Thomas Jefferson, October 22, 1780

44. "Measures for suppressing the remains of Rebellion"    203
Charles Cornwallis, "A Proclamation," February 20, 1781

45. "Our affairs have been for some time growing from bad to worse"   204
George Mason, June 3, 1781

46. "We are told that the enemy['s]...superior fleet will soon drive off the French"    206
Edmund Pendleton, September 10, 1781

47. "The designs of the enemy in strengthening Canada, & bending the residue of their force against the West Indies"   207
Edmund Pendleton, October 21, 1782

The Articles of Confederation    208 48. "'Twas high time the confederation was completed"   208
Edmund Pendleton, September 25, 1780