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The Search for Liberty: From Origins to Independence, Volume 1

ISBN: 978-1-55786-588-5
608 pages
February 1995, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is a history of the region now known as the United States of America, from earliest times to the American victory over the British and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The book charts the arrival of the first Americans through Alaska, millennia before the coming of the Norsemen, or of Cabot, Columbus and Raleigh. It tells of the sixteenth century incursions by the Spanish, French and English, their interaction with the American Indians, and describes the early settlements, their culture, activities and trade. The author traces the rise to dominance of the British settlers, and the establishment of the whole of east America within the British Empire. The book closes with an account of the war with the British and of Washington's final triumph.
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Introduction: The Enterprise of the Indies.

Part II: The First English Settlements: Cities on Hills and Seashores.

Part III: The Puritan Dream.

Part IV: The Restoration.

Part V: The Empire of the North Atlantic in the Seventeenth Century.

Part VI: The Eighteenth Century: From the St Lawrence to Savannah.

Part VII: The Colonial Golden Age.

Part VIII: Why, Then, Independence?.

The Significance of the War.




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Esmond Wright is a graduate of the Universites of Durham in England and of Virginia in the United States. After serving in the British Eighth Army in the Second World War, he pursued an academic career, teaching at the Universities of Glasgow, London, Yale, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Ohio State. From 1970 to 1983 he was director of the Institute of US Studies at the University of London.
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* 10 maps, 18 illustrations, chronologies and annotated bibliographies.
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"Esmond Wright's Search for Liberty is all that we have come to expect from the author of many books - wonderful skills of synthesis and narrative history, noted for his wit and wisdom. Although Wright is respectful of new methodologies, he is not governed by them, for he is at heart a storyteller, whose deft portraits of heroes and villains, as well of great historians such as Francis Parkman and S. E. Morison, add to this richly textured fabric of early American history." Professor Don Higginbotham, The University of North Carolina

"This will be a truly outstanding series. Wright's history is a smooth-flowing mix of narration of events, bibliographic essays, biographical sketches, and balanced examination of conflicting theories on disputed historical activities. Overall, a highly reasonable work that should stimulate anyone who reads it." Choice

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