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A Leap in the Dark - by John Ferling

A Leap in the Dark - by John Ferling Ethics American History Philosophy American Presidents Government Law and Politics Social Studies

The political stakes could not have been higher when Britain's colonies in America revolted.  Was it possible to crush the spirit of the colonies?  When did the "cause of Boston" become "the cause of America?"

If it was better "to die freeman rather than to live like slaves," what would that mean for the colonists?  When they tool "a leap into the dark" - with their Declaration of Independence - did the colonists know how to govern themselves?

When the war for independence began to look like "this wilderness of darkness and dangers," was it clear to the colonists would would happen if they lost?  Then ... when the war was won ... how would they find a good way to establish a government (thereby ending "the present paroxysm of our affairs?"

The answers to the those questions - posed by illustrations in this book - take us back to a time when the future of America was more a "leap in the dark" than a sure thing.


Media Credits

Image of book cover online, courtesy Google Books.  PD

 

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