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Renegade RevolutionaryThe Life of General Charles Lee$
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Phillip Papas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767658

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767658.001.0001

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The Greatest Son of Liberty in America

The Greatest Son of Liberty in America

(p.93) 6 The Greatest Son of Liberty in America
Renegade Revolutionary

Phillip Papas

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's support for America's fight for freedom against Britain. On August 16, 1773, Lee left for New York. His arrival coincided with the escalation of protests in the city against British imperial policy by the Liberty Boys. In Philadelphia, Lee met with radicals such as Charles Thomson, who would become the secretary of the Continental Congress. In Boston, he met with Samuel Adams and other Massachusetts radicals. This chapter examines Lee's political radicalism, his call on Americans to act decisively to protect their liberties, his rejection of the idea that the British could easily subdue America, and his appointment as George Washington's second-in-command in the Continental Army during the early years of the American Revolution.

Keywords:   freedom, Charles Lee, America, Britain, protests, radicals, political radicalism, George Washington, Continental Army, American Revolution

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