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In Independence Lost, Kathleen DuVal recounts the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida's Gulf Coast.
Independence Lost reveals that individual motives counted as much as the ideals of liberty and freedom the Founders espoused: Independence had a personal as well as national meaning, and the choices made by people living outside the colonies were of critical importance to the war's outcome. DuVal introduces us to the Mobile slave Petit Jean, who organized militias to fight the British at sea; the Chickasaw diplomat Payamataha, who worked to keep his people out of war; New Orleans merchant Oliver Pollock and his wife, Margaret O'Brien Pollock, who risked their own wealth to organize funds and garner Spanish support for the American Revolution; and Scottish loyalists James and Isabella Bruce, whose work on behalf of the British Empire placed them in grave danger. Their lives illuminate the fateful events that took place along the Gulf of Mexico and, in the process, changed the history of North America itself.
©2015 Kathleen DuVal (P)2015 Tantor
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"This book adds to the literature of the period." (Library Journal, starred review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Derek B. on 01-29-17

Extremely enlightening & fascinating, especially to a Southerner

As an 8th generation Alabamian, I learned much about which I had never been exposed from this era of history in and connected to my region. I had no idea about the complex and active levels of diplomacy by Southeast Indian tribes, nor about many complexities of the American Revolution here in what is now the Southeastern US. I will definitely be recommending the book to friends. The storytelling style of relaying the history was definitely engaging. And like any well written book, I was sorry to come to the end. I look forward to more of Professor DuVal's work.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Heidi Rabel on 10-11-15

Reader who doesn't understand content

The reader is incompetent. She may understand the material, but she cannot communicate it reading orally. She should not be reading aloud.

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