Series: Road to War: Causes of Conflict
Book: Causes of the American Revolution

American Revolution Cover Book Summary
On April 19, 1775, British soldiers and colonial minutemen exchanged gunfire at the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. Dubbed "the shot heard 'round the world," the clash marked the start of the American Revolution--a war that not only led to independence for the United States but also inspired future leaders in France and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to throw off the yoke of tyranny.

This book traces the events that led to the American Revolution. It explains the ideas about the right to self-government that began to circulate in the colonies during the 1760s. It discusses the rising tensions as Britain imposed repressive policies on the colonies, which in turn led some American leaders to promote independence. Although the war might have been avoided if both sides had been willing to compromise, by 1775 conflict was inevitable.

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Book Information
Hardcover ISBN: 1-59556-001-7
Paperback ISBN: 1-59556-005-X
64 Pages
25+ color maps, photos, illustrations, chronology, glossary, further reading, internet resources & index

Author Bio
Richard M. Strum was born in Ticonderoga, New York. He earned his BA at Houghton College and MAEd at the College of William and Mary. Rich is the Director of Interpretation & Education at Fort Ticonderoga. He is also the author of Ticonderoga: Lake Champlain Steamboat, a book for adults about the last passenger steamboat on Lake Champlain, and Fort Ticonderoga, a book for children. He lives in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, with his wife Martha and daughters Mackenzie and Kirsten.