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

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Jul 1, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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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 Independence brings 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.

 

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HURRICANE OF INDEPENDENCE: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution

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A first-time author tracks the 1775 hurricane that pummeled America's Eastern seaboard, echoing the patriotic storm in the colonies.After forming over Africa's west coast, the Hurricane of ... Read full review

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Nicely done and fun to read. Tony Williams' book follows the east coast path of a Hurricane (Hurricane of Independence) during early Sept of 1775 when the the Revolutionary War is taking shape. He ... Read full review

Contents

Tempest Brewing
1
Impending Doom on the Outer Banks
7
First Strike The Hurricane of Independence Roars Ashore
19
Norfolk An Attack on Both Sides
29
Tobacco and Gunpowder
51
Landon Carter Diarist and PlanterPhilosopher of the Northern Neck
61
The Streets of Annapolis
73
Lightning and Enlightenment
87
General Washington Battles the British and the Weather
189
Fishing for Cod During the Summer in Newfoundland
207
The Hurricane
223
The Providential American Victory
239
Endnotes
242
Bibliography
271
Abbreviations
282
Index
283

The Colonies Unite in Philadelphia against British Tyranny
103
The Radical the President and the General in Philadelphia
119
Striking the Second Continental Congress
131
The Heroic Collegian Hamilton in New York
137
Whither the Hurricane of Independence?
161
War Erupts
171
Author Interview with Tony Williams
293
About the Author
297
An Excerpt from The Pox and the Covenant
298
Back Cover
303
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About the author (2009)

Tony Williams taught history and literature for ten years and has a master's in American History from Ohio State University. He is currently a full-time author who lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and children.

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