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The Perils of Peace: America's Struggle for Survival After Yorktown
 
 
Author
Thomas Fleming.
Publisher Smithsonian/BOMC  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780061139109
Pages/Publication Date 352/2007
Daedalus Item Code 10507
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On October 19, 1781, Great Britain's best army surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, yet the future of the 13 former colonies was far from clear. George III had no intention of relinquishing his colonies, while a 13,000-man British army still occupied New York City and another 13,000 regulars and armed loyalists were scattered from Canada to Georgia. Meanwhile, Congress had declined to a mere 24 members, the national treasury was empty, the army had not been paid for years, and America's only ally, France, teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. Thomas Fleming portrays the key players in this drama and shows that the outcome we take for granted was far from certain, as Washington resisted the urgings of many officers to seize power and held the angry army together until peace and independence was granted with the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

"Putting in motion the protagonists who dealt with these issues—Washington, financier Robert Morris, Franklin, and French and British negotiators—Fleming crafts a dynamic account that leaves readers as anxious as the actual historical figures about how things will turn out."—Booklist

 
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