Hurricane of Independence : The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-01
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc
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The sleeper history hit of 2008, released in paperback to coincide with the heart of hurricane season On September 2, 1775, the eighth deadliest Atlantic hurricane of all time landed on American shores. Over the next days, it would race up the East Coast, striking all of the important colonial capitols and killing more than four thousand people. In an era when hurricanes were viewed as omens from God, what this storm signified to the colonists about the justness of their cause would yield unexpected results. Drawing on ordinary individuals and well-known founders like Washington and Franklin, Tony Williams paints a stunning picture of life at the dawn of the American Revolution, and of the weighty choice people faced at that deciding moment. Hurricane of Independencebrings to life an incredible time when the forces of nature and the forces of history joined together to produce courageous stories of sacrifice, strength, and survival.

Table of Contents

Author to Readerp. ix
Prologue: The Storm of Revolutionp. xv
Tempest Brewingp. 1
Impending Doom on the Outer Banksp. 7
First Strike: The Hurricane of Independence Roars Ashorep. 19
Norfolk: An Attack on Both Sidesp. 29
Tobacco and Gunpowderp. 51
Landon Carter: Diarist and Planter-Philosopher of the Northern Neckp. 61
The Streets of Annapolisp. 73
Lightning and Enlightenmentp. 87
The Colonies Unite in Philadelphia Against British Tyrannyp. 103
The Radical, the President, and the General in Philadelphiap. 119
Striking the Second Continental Congressp. 131
The Heroic Collegian: Hamilton in New Yorkp. 137
Whither the Hurricane of Independence?p. 161
War Eruptsp. 171
General Washington Battles the British and the Weatherp. 189
Fishing for Cod during the Summer in Newfoundlandp. 207
The Hurricanep. 223
Epilogue: The Providential American Victoryp. 239
Endnotesp. 242
Bibliographyp. 271
Indexp. 283
Author Interview with Tony Williamsp. 293
About the Authorp. 297
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