The SAR Magazine

Fall 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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FALL 2018 45 Soldiers and Martyrs, the latest title in Kentucky Compatriot Geoff Baggett's award-winning Revolutionary War historical fiction series, is now live on . It is the exciting tale about Walter Billingsley of North Carolina, a true Patriot of the Revolution. PPP In George Goodwin's Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America's Founding Father, readers are treated to a colorful and revealing account of Franklin's life on Craven Street, where he enjoyed the pleasantries of the cosmopolitan city and notoriety as an intellectual and a statesman. Goodwin's portrait of Franklin, as a proud British citizen transformed into a "reluctant revolutionary," follows his first visit in 1724 to his extended stay from 1757 to 1775 and provides interesting glimpses into his daily habits and political motivations. PPP Nathaniel Philbrick's Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution offers an intriguing look at perhaps the two most famous men to emerge from the Revolutionary War—one hailed a hero, the other a villain. The story follows Arnold's fall from one of Washington's greatest generals to America's most legendary traitor. We learn how Arnold's anger after being overlooked for promotion by the Continental Congress, coupled with the loss of his personal fortune and debilitating war injuries, led him to sell his loyalty to the British. Juxtaposed against Arnold's fall is the story of Washington's rise; Philbrick portrays the commander in chief as one whose greatest attribute was an "extraordinary ability to learn and improve amid ... challenging circumstances." PPP Alan Taylor's The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 addresses the paradoxical and complex subject of slavery in a state dedicated to the ideals of liberty and freedom, yet that still enslaved two-fifths of their population. As the book's title suggests, white Virginians viewed their enslaved populations as an "internal enemy," who were enticed by the British to run away from their masters and mount an armed rebellion against them during the American Revolution. Therefore, when the British returned to the Chesapeake during the War of 1812, invading plantations and freeing slaves, Virginians faced another wave of fear of this "internal enemy" that further deepened the state's commitment to slavery in the early decades of the 19th century. While the majority of the book looks beyond the period of the American Revolution to the War of 1812, Taylor also sets Lord Dunmore's 1775 proclamation as the precedent to British actions nearly 40 years later. Books for Consideration

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