This is the story of how the American colonies went from dependence to independence. It details the taxes, tea parties and events that lead to the revolution as well as the ties the colonies had to Britain. The book explains how many Americans came to see themselves as an independent people with a unique character. In addition, the British viewpoint is highlighted as well.
The roles of George Washington, Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, and Paul Revere are all discussed as well as that of British officials, Quakers, and Native Americans. The major events such as the Boston Massacre are explained along with the personal stories of those thrust into the historic events.