This enlarged edition is considered to be the best. According to J. N. Larned, editor of Literature of American History, "It was a path-breaker in a new class of historical writing, and has contributed in an important way to produce a more just and humane estimate of the men who went down in '76." The first 150 pages of this work constitute the historical essay, which examines in detail the causes for disaffection on the part of the colonists, the state of political parties in the colonies and the reasons which caused colonists to choose between patriotism and loyalism. The biographical sketches are alphabetically arranged and contain a wealth of material, which may include place of birth, occupation, military service and names of spouses and children. This information is usually contained in a single concise paragraph, but the sketches of the more famous people sometimes consist of several pages. An excellent resource for the serious scholar.
(1864), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, 2 vols., 1208 pp.