The year is 1765. George Washington, a colonel from Virginia, is thirty-three years old. Thomas Jefferson, a young law student in Williamsburg, has just passed his twenty-first year. British America is alive with the effects of the Great Awakening, and across the Atlantic the Parliament of Britain is busy determining the proper method of taxing the American colonies.
1765 is the year, and history is about to be made. Join Washington, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and their contemporaries as they chronicle the events of their lives, recounting in their own words the acts and aggressions of Parliament and their own part in the struggle for liberty known as the American War for Independence.
Driven to Resistance recounts the history of the Revolutionary War by the republication of the original writings of the time. Chronologically ordered and copiously illustrated, Driven to Resistance offers the modern reader easy and understandable access to the documents and diaries of our eighteenth-century forefathers. From the writings of Washington to the debates of Parliament, the reader is presented with original documents rendered easily-accessible and understandable to the contemporary reader: though each account appears in its original form (thus insuring the accuracy of the excerpts), spelling and capitalization have been updated to assist the modern reader, and all archaic words and expressions have been footnoted, thus facilitating comprehension and the reading process.