Rise to Rebellion

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Rise to Rebellion
By: Jeff Shaara
Historical-Fiction

Rise to Rebellion, by Jeff Shaara, is the first volume to Shaara's two-part chronicle of the entire American Revolution; starting with the events of the Boston Massacre in March of 1770 and ending with the signing of The Declaration of Independence in 1776. Shaara attempts to relate to us the events as if each character he focuses on is telling the reader the story directly. In attempting to do this Shaara provides us with personal experiences, thoughtful dialogue, and what the characters are thinking- but these must be thought of as fiction. Shaara included these to give the book more depth, not to be historically accurate to the last words of dialogue. For example, there is no way anyone can know for sure what the sentry was thinking as he stood in front of the Custom House just minutes before the chaotic start of the Boston Massacre. Shaara does not try to convey every event, important incident, and factor that provided America with the idea and courage for a revolution, but rather shows how each of the characters that are focused on responded to his or her time, and how they witnessed and experienced and impacted the enormous changes unfolding around them. The book begins from the point of view of the sentry who is guarding a building, but soon witnesses the Boston Massacre. Lawyer John Adams runs to the scene of the killing, but is told to go back home. He discusses the events with his wife, and the day after is asked to defend Captain Thomas Preston, who is accused of ordering the troops to fire. Thomas Gage, the commander in chief of British forces, meets with Massachusetts's governor Thomas Hutchinson and discusses removing the troops from Boston. Benjamin Franklin also discusses the events with Dr. Johnson. John Adams and Josiah Quincy successfully defend Captain Preston. Ben Franklin is voted to represent Massachusetts in Great Britain, but Lord Hillsborough refuses him to take the position....
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