This narrative history of the American War for Independence tells the pivotal story of the courageous men and women who risked their lives to create a new nation based on the idea that government should serve people and protect their freedom. Written for Americans intent on understanding our national origins, but also appropriate for teachers and secondary classrooms, Freedom argues that the American Revolution is the central event in our history: the turning point between our colonial origins and our national experience. This volume includes 167 full-color illustrations of paintings, maps, prints and sculptures held in institutions and private collections in the United States and Europe—including 30 from the library and museum collections of the American Revolution Institute.
The Freedom narrative chronicles the American Revolution’s origins in the nature of colonial British America—a society in which freedom was limited and in which everyone was the subject of a distant monarch—through the crisis in the British Empire that followed the French and Indian War, to the events of the War for Independence itself, and ultimately to the creation of the first great republic in modern history. This is the story of how Americans came to fight for their freedom and became a united people, with a shared history and national identity, and how a generation of founders expressed ideals of liberty, equality, natural and civil rights, and responsible citizenship: ideals that have shaped our history and will shape our future—and the future of the world.
About the Author
Jack D. Warren, Jr., is a native of Washington, D.C., whose work focuses on the enduring achievements of the American Revolution. He served on the faculty of the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of The Papers of George Washington. He was subsequently executive director of The Society of the Cincinnati and the founding director of its American Revolution Institute. His books include The Presidency of George Washington (The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, 2000) and America’s First Veterans (The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, 2020). He and his wife, Janet, live in Alexandria, Virginia.