igniting the american revolution

Igniting the American Revolution brings to life the people of Boston and Massachusetts in the lead up to armed conflict.  There’s a balanced picture of American patriots, British loyalists and royal representatives.  Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Dr. Joseph Warren, Dr. Benjamin Church and General Thomas Gage are not shown as caricatures, but as complete human beings.

Igniting the American Revolution combines people, politics and military insight to create an educational, entertaining and inspirational page turning rendition of history.

Derek Beck thoroughly documents the events in this book, but does not interrupt the narrative with the documentation.

Derek Beck

This book is the first in Derek Beck’s ten year project about the American Revolution.

 Book Review: Igniting the American Revolution, 1773-1775


abigail writes her husband

England rejected The Olive Branch Petition. Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, wrote her husband on November 12, 1775 after hearing the news.

“Let us separate, they are unworthy to be our Brethren. Let us renounce them and instead of supplications as formerly for their prosperity and happiness, Let us beseech the almighty to blast their councils and bring to Nought all their devices.”


The Olive Branch Petition was authored by John Dickinson the previous July. It appealed directly to King George III and expressed hope for reconciliation between the colonies and Great Britain. The feeling was that most colonists were disgusted with Parliament. 

There was a belief that the king cared for his subjects welfare. When he refused to accept The Olive Branch Petition, the shift from Parliament to the king had already begun. The rejection of the petition solidified that notion. 

Abigail Adams
The blame for the depletion of rights was placed squarely on the shoulders of King George III.

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