Hurricane of Independence: The Untold Story of the Deadly Storm at the Deciding Moment of the American Revolution
Author: Tony Williams
Paperback: 320 pages
Hurricane of Independence, the Untold Story :
Imagine a hurricane the size of Katrina, Carla, or Cecilia multiplied by two! Author Tony Williams’ new book tells of the fierce hurricane of September 2, 1775. Almost a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed: a fierce storm blew in devastating the whole New England coast. During this time a hurricane was not only considered a natural disaster, but it was felt to be a punishment from a wrathful God.
This book contains a cast of characters that are well known and many that are lesser known. Still, they all help set the stage for what led the American colonists to act in a precise and decisive manner to join together against the British rule. Frustration was added by the addition of new taxes being levied on tea and the outrage of a struggling American economy trying to regroup over the loss of a great many lives. All the major American settlements that were the backbone of New England were destroyed! Most of the prominent citizens lost the wealth that they had spent years building. It was all destroyed in just a day’s time! Many sailors and coastal residents lost their lives. Survivors were pushed to the brink of their existence as the world that they knew no longer existed.
Added to this was a possible slave revolt egged on by the British authorities. The British took arms and gunpowder away from secure colonial sites and gave them to slaves who were for the first time given some authority. The northern economy depended on indentured servants to do all the hard work. These were ‘gentlemen farmers’, not your typical farmers that you would picture as you consider what a ‘farmer’ would be.
All these many things came together and act as a catalyst to make the American colonists move to work together, to gather and secure arms, and to render aid to the many colonists that had lost so much. So this added influence from new British taxation put the American colonists into a mode to move beyond their differences. They became unified to act in a most desperate way! This is why you see the added importance of the ‘Boston Tea Party’ and other forms of rebellion among the Americans. Our old textbooks seldom show ’cause and effect.’ This book does just that. It drives home the serious situation that made the Americans feel pushed to make a clean break with English rule. It was the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back.’
About the Author:
Tony Williams taught high school history over a decade. This is his first book. You would not know that by reading this work. His writing style would suggest that he has written books as a more mature writer. It shows in his concern for telling the details in a careful and considerate manner. Some chapters should be read several times as they are most enjoyable. Authors who write history must be very careful with the details. It is most interesting to present the premise well when writing a book. It all has to be thoughtful, well considered, and done in the proper manner. Williams did this and more! These are things that we did not learn in school. We should have, but somehow these important details were often omitted. This took away from our learning about the ‘actual’ history. This book is much more interesting to read than your old high school or college textbook, any day!
Read Hurricane of Independence by Tony Williams. You will learn what you should have learned in school. This book is interesting and informative. Each page shows the details of American history in a new light: the calm plan for rebellion, after the terrible storm. A good read for all ages: from 7 to 107! You will be glad that you did.
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