The Eve of The American Revolution takes a look at the events leading up to the American Revolution and explores the ideas of Natural Rights versus the divine right of Kings. Becker presents the story in an unusual format for a historian. In the introduction to the work the author states:
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“In this brief sketch I have chiefly endeavored to convey to the reader, not a record of what men did, but a sense of how they thought and felt about what they did. To give the quality and texture of the state of mind and feeling of an individual or class, to create for the reader the illusion of the intellectual atmosphere of past times, I have as a matter of course introduced many quotations; but I have also ventured to resort frequently to the literary device of telling the story by means of a rather free paraphrase of what some imagined spectator or participant might have thought or said about the matter in hand”
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