Dr. Lee takes an in depth look at early American history starting with the first European settlers to show what is happening with the United States today. Through his book we learn the difficulties that led the Puritans to come to the New World and the struggles they faced in creating a sustainable life here. Some of the issues they faced that led to the Revolution can be seen happening today. These issues include infringing on personal liberties and forcing government plans on citizens.
I found the book to be fascinating as I had read over the years why the Puritans came to the New World and why the Revolutionary War happened. What I was not taught until college is that the Declaration of Independence listed more grievances related to religious practices than it did the various taxes parliament had imposed. The book pointed out in more detail the religious grievances and various incidents that led the early settlers to determine that independence was the best course of action to maintain religious freedom. Dr. Lee also showed how limiting religious freedom led to the limitation of other personal freedoms with examples of other countries where that was the case. Dr. Lee wrote the book in a manner where it was easy to follow and easy to pay attention to what was going on. He did go back and forth between the early settlers and more modern times. The transitions were written well so that the reader would be able to follow his thinking without any issue. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It would be a great tool for any student at a public school studying American history.
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