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The Great New York Fire of 1776 : a lost story of the American revolution  Cover Image Book Book

The Great New York Fire of 1776 : a lost story of the American revolution / Benjamin L. Carp.

Carp, Benjamin L., (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780300246957
  • ISBN: 0300246951
  • Physical Description: 360 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2023.

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"Who set the mysterious fire that burned down much of New York City shortly after the British took the city during the Revolutionary War? New York City, the strategic center of the Revolutionary War, was the most important place in North America in 1776. That summer, an unruly rebel army under George Washington repeatedly threatened to burn the city rather than let the British take it. Shortly after the Crown's forces took New York City, much of it mysteriously burned to the ground. This is the first book to fully explore the Great Fire of 1776 and why its origins remained a mystery even after the British investigated it in 1776 and 1783. Uncovering stories of espionage, terror, and radicalism, Benjamin L. Carp paints a vivid picture of the chaos, passions, and unresolved tragedies that define a historical moment we usually associate with 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'"--Book jacket.
Subject: Fires > New York (State) > New York > History > 18th century.
New York (N.Y.) > History > 1775-1865.
United States > History > Revolution, 1775-1783.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Camden County Library.


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Camden County Library District - Camdenton 974.7102 Carp (Text) 31320003901431 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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