The Boisterous Sea of Liberty
Part 4. The Seven Years' War
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.
British North America in 1775 126 1. "Canada must be subdued" 126
The Maryland Gazette, May 22, 1755
A Soldier's Diary 129 2. "Cutlasses and hatchets playing on every quarter with much effusion of blood" 129
Robert Moses, 1755
Fasting and Repentance 130 3. "The English Colonies...are fallen under the Chastising hand of Heaven" 130
Stephen Hopkins, proclamation of a day of fasting and rest, May 12, 1756
The Capture of Québec 131 4. "We...clambered up one of the steepest precipices that can be conceived" 131
Captain John Knox, An Historical Journal of the Campaigns in North America, 1757-60
The Seven Years' War and the Growth of Antislavery Sentiment 132 5. "Though we made slaves of the Negroes...I believed that liberty was the natural right of all men equally" 132
John Woolman, journal, 1757
The Fate of Native Americans 135 6. "I most heartily congratulate you on the surrender of Canada" 135
Richard Peters, February 12, 1761