This book examines the life and ideas of Charles Lee, a former British army officer turned revolutionary, in the larger context of the Revolutionary era. Lee, who became one of the earliest supporters of American independence and served as George Washington's second-in-command and military confidant during the early years of the American Revolution, wrote a pamphlet in November 1774 in which he forcefully articulated American rights and liberties and urged Americans to emancipate themselves from Britain's imperial shackles. He argued that the crisis between Britain and America since the end of the French and Indian War in 1763 was part of the ongoing universal struggle for human freedom, rather than just a dispute between a mother country and her colonies. He also insisted that military service should be an obligation of citizenship, and that the citizen-soldier was the military bedrock of democracy. This book explores Lee's important contributions to the Revolutionary era as a propagandist and as a soldier, especially in the areas of military strategy and democracy.
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