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Prelude to revolution : the Salem gunpowder raid of 1775, Peter Charles Hoffer

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Prelude to revolution : the Salem gunpowder raid of 1775
Title
Prelude to revolution
Title remainder
the Salem gunpowder raid of 1775
Statement of responsibility
Peter Charles Hoffer
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Before colonial Americans could declare independence, they had to undergo a change of heart. Beyond a desire to rebel against British mercantile and fiscal policies, they had to believe that they could stand up to the fully armed British soldier. This work uncovers one story of how the Americans found that confidence. On April 19, 1775, British raids on Lexington Green and Concord Bridge made history, but it was an episode nearly two months earlier in Salem, Massachusetts, that set the stage for the hostilities.The author has discovered records and newspaper accounts of a British gunpowder raid on Salem. Seeking powder and cannon hidden in the town, a regiment of British Regulars were foiled by quick-witted patriots who carried off the ordnance and then openly taunted the Regulars. The prudence of British commanding officer Alexander Leslie and the persistence of the patriot leaders turned a standoff into a bloodless triumph for the colonists. What might have been a violent confrontation turned into a local victory, and the patriots gloated as news spread of "Leslie's Retreat." When British troops marched on Lexington and Concord on that pivotal day in April, the author explains, each side had drawn diametrically opposed lessons from the Salem raid. It emboldened the rebels to stand fast and infuriated the British, who vowed never again to back down. After relating these battles in detail, the author provides a teachable problem in historic memory by asking why we celebrate Lexington and Concord but not Salem and why New Englanders recalled the events at Salem but then forgot their significance. -- From publisher's website
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1944-
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Hoffer, Peter Charles
Dewey number
974.4/5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F74.S1
LC item number
H64 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Witness to history
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  • Salem (Mass.)
  • Salem (Mass.)
  • Gunpowder
  • Great Britain
  • Raids (Military science)
  • Civil-military relations
  • Colonists
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
  • Collective memory
Label
Prelude to revolution : the Salem gunpowder raid of 1775, Peter Charles Hoffer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Most Loyal Town in the Province -- Spies Like Us -- Leslie's Retreat -- Intended and Unintended Consequences -- Memorial Exercises
Control code
ocn828193704
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 152 pages
Isbn
9781421410050
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013004818
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421410067
  • (OCoLC)828193704
Label
Prelude to revolution : the Salem gunpowder raid of 1775, Peter Charles Hoffer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Most Loyal Town in the Province -- Spies Like Us -- Leslie's Retreat -- Intended and Unintended Consequences -- Memorial Exercises
Control code
ocn828193704
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 152 pages
Isbn
9781421410050
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013004818
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781421410067
  • (OCoLC)828193704

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