In 1775, the colonists in British North America - Americans, really - began a fight for independence that would last nearly a decade, and which resulted in a new nation with its own constitution.
The U.S. Constitution as it was originally written, contained remedies to legislation passed by the English/British Parliament during the 17th and 18th Centuries, which were so objectionable that colonists were willing to give up their lives and property to become free.
Volume 1 focuses on the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the reader will learn about the history of the colony from the early settlements in the 17th Century through independence. Information is also provided about social and political issues, as well as the people, places and events that helped create a new, independent nation... the United States.
Highlighted in this issue: conflict between the colonists and Native Indians; contributions made by the Puritans; King William's War; the Battles of Lexington and Concord; the political fight between colonists , monarch, and Parliament that resulted in the protections we have today in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
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