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As a student that was required to read this in the summer before US History 1, I was already unhappy about reading this before I opened the cover for the first time. My cruel, cruel teacher made me read this 300 page collection of stories. I had to drag my eyes across the first 50 or so pages before I realized that this stupid and unnecessarily long book actually was astoundingly interesting.
To give an overview of the book:
There are ten chapters, each about 25 or more pages, that provide a timeline of the cultural, political, and ideological state of pre-American-Revolution Americans. the first two or three chapters give the reader a detailed picture of the culture values of America in early 1774 by leading the reader through the tales of two ordinary Americans and their families. The rest of the chapters show the developments and innovations in American thought, technology, and religious beliefs and how the British government responded to Americans' actions.
For me, the beginning was needlessly detailed, and a little repetitive. However, the rest of the book really captivated me. I actually had fun looking at the cause and effect that eventually led to the American Revolution.
It is important to note that this book likes to focus on the lives and actions of ordinary Americans, not the big figures in the American revolution (George Washington, Benjamin Franklin).
this book was a surprisingly fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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