Read the Revolution

curated collection of excerpts from exciting, thought-provoking books about the American Revolution

July 2, 2013

Fear on the First 4th of July

Independence Day wasn't always a time of celebration. On July 4, 1776—the day the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress—the prevailing mood was trepidation and fear. In Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor, author Richard Beeman reminds us that the original Independence Day was not viewed so much as a new beginning but as a prelude to full-scale war.

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