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Reporting the Revolution
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Reporting the Revolutionary War claimed victory—as the best American Revolution book of 2012! “Seldom, if ever, have we welcomed a book with more power to carry us back to the days of 1776 with such compelling authenticity!” Read the full announcement:
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This scrimshaw powder horn was carved by my great....great-grandfather  Chris Jones. The horn was carved with 309 masonic cryptic anagrams & picture puzzles that tell the secret of my family. My great...great- grandfather is George Washington's only son. Scott f. Wolter of the History Ch. paid for my DNA test to prove it's true. I am Viking descent Washington- Osborne, 72nd generation to Odin and Thor. Ref. ( The Pedigree History Of The Washington Family: Derived From Odin, The Founder Of Scandinavia, B.C. 70 (1879) by Albert Welles) Kessinger Publishing's - Rare Reprints ( My great....great-grandfather's real name is Isaac Martin. He was born August, 12th 1757 to years before George married Martha. At 18 years old he joined the Minuteman Regt. he was Capt. at the battles of Saratoga under Benidict Arnold's Regt. 1777 he was promoted to Maj. General & Spy. On Oct. 15, 1781 he was captured aboard the 'USS.Jason' commanded by Capt. Charles Hamilton which was captured by the 'Monsieur' a British ship. He was taken as prisoner. After the war he was pardoned and put aboard the H.M.S. Bounty in 1787 where he met Fletcher Christian. In 1789 they mutinied the Bounty from Capt. Bligh and hid out on Pitcairn Island. In 1792 five of the nine mutineers fake their deaths and returned to the U.S. With the help of Isaac's father George & Napoleon they changed their names to a.k.a. Laffite. five mutineers and five Laffite brothers. About 1797 they were sent to France to assist Napoleon as his secret marshals ( XYZ affair) In 1803 four of them showed up in New Orleans claiming to be brothers name Laffite. Isaac stayed in Europe with Napoleon and captured the Vatican in 1809, Isaac removed important documents from the Vatican and brought back to the United States and hid them. In 1810 he changed his name from Markus Laffite to Chris Jones using his wife's maiden name, Anna Jones. She was not a sister like they thought she was his wife. Jean's wife was Yvonne Lentz, she was not Jewish, she was practicing Judaism. Chris and his wife had a son born 1810, John Jones 1st name after John Paul Jones which is not his real name either (John Paul). Here are all of their names, (Isaac Newton Martin a.k.a. Markus Laffite a.k.a. Chris Jones,)( Fletcher Christian a.k.a. Jean Laffite a.k.a. John Jones,) ( John Mills a.k.a. Alex. Laffite a.k.a.Dominque  Youx )( John Williams a.k.a. Pierre Laffite) (William Brown a.k.a. Henry Laffite). After the Battle of New Orleans,1815 Markus & Jean hid the famous Laffite treasure. In 1826 Jean and Jeanette and the rest of my family disappeared and hid in San Antonio. John 1st married Jeanette in 1833 and had a son, John Jones 2nd. In 1836 four of the six family members were killed at the Alamo & two survived, Lt. John Jones 1st. New Orleans Gray, his wife Jeanette, her father Jean and Anna Jones were killed. Ref.( The list of the Alamo's dead ) only Lt. john's name is listed. Anna was found unidentified, Jeanette was found laying between two muskets in the court yard, trying to get the loaded muskets to her husband & father. After the battle was over the Mexicans pilled the dead on to a funeral pill and burned the bodies. Chris recovered his 3 year old grandson from the Mexicans and brought him back to Pennsylvania where he raised little John 2nd till he was 17 years old. In 1852 Chris Jones died at 95 years old, but before he died he told only some of the story to his grandson. He told John that the horn told where the Laffite treasure was hidden and the rest of the secrets of his family. He told John to pass the horn to the fist son and to name him John also, all my grandfather's are name John. My grandfather was the last John C. Jones till the tradition was broken.  I was only 5 years old when my grandfather told me the story and show me the scrimshaw powder horn.  When he died he left the horn to me. In 2000 I deciphered the horn. My grandfather told me that the name of the horn is (The Skeleton Map Horn) because the horn creates a 6 ft. skeleton puzzle on paper that tells where they hid the famous Laffite treasure.  It took me a little over 3 years to decipher the horn.
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I'm thrilled to formally announce the 38 contributors to Reporting the Revolutionary War. A lot of historian horsepower went into this project in order to provide readers with a better primary source experience of the American Revolution. In the weeks ahead, I plan to share more background about each author. In the meantime, a list of all contributors can be found here:
Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, Nov 2012) features important contributions from 38 professors, scholars,
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Saving history for future generations: Beyond the acquisition, research and digital preservation of historic newspapers, I also take an active role in their physical conservation. Through a partnership with one of the top paper conservators in the world, I help save damaged newspapers from loss and restore the artifacts as close as possible to their original condition. Below is the before-after image of a newspaper I just received back from the lab this week.
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David McCullough's five lessons every student of history should know. "Let them have a chance--please, please, please--to work with original documents," McCullough said. Reporting the Revolutionary War will tackle most of McCullough's lessons by letting readers experience the Revolution the same way the colonists did.
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The Real Excitement of History - Reporting the Revolutionary War (book)
Reporting the Revolution's profile photo -- Historian Robert J. Allison discusses the real excitement of unfiltered history. Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, Nov 2012) will transport readers back in time to the moment of creation and help them see the world as George Washington and Paul Revere saw it.  Encounter things and worlds that no one else knows exist, and share those new discoveries with others. Through Reporting the Revolutionary War you become the historian.

Robert J. Allison is one of 37 contributors to Reporting the Revolutionary War. Allison is a professor of history at Suffolk University in Boston, also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. He is the author of The American Revolution: A Concise History (Oxford University Press, 2011), Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), as well as several books on Boston and the American Revolution. He is vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, a trustee of the USS Constitution Museum, and a consultant to the Commonwealth Museum in Boston.

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The August 1776 issue of Scots Magazine (Edinburgh) was among the first books, pamphlets and periodicals to publish the Declaration of Independence in full. Unlike most other printings of the Declaration, Scots Magazine included extensive analysis, beginning with the question "In what are they created equal?" Here is a short excerpt of the British publication's examination of America's independence. More can be found in Reporting the Revolutionary War this November.
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Reporting the Revolutionary War is unique among history books for a number of reasons. One reason is its commitment to events big and small. The book features the earliest printed reports of practically every major event as well as several often-overlooked or forgotten ones. For example, the Gaspee Affair, Powder Alarm, Suffolk Resolves, Raid on Fort William and Mary, and the Battles of Noddle's Island, Great Bridge, Rice Boats, Oriskany, Savannah, Hobkirk's Hill, Ninety Six and Eutaw Springs each have dedicated sections.
In late May, 1775, the Battle of Noddle’s Island, a fight for sheep and hay on islands just northeast of Boston, was the sharpest fight between American and British forces that took place between Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, according to contributor James L. Nelson. The following year, just four months before declaring independence, the Battle of the Rice Boats was fought near Savannah, Georgia, and was a significant military, political and public opinion victory for the Americans, according to contributor Hugh T. Harrington. Rice Boats and Noddle's Island are two battles that are scarcely covered in history books, almost never in texts, and help highlight the long, grueling process of winning our freedom.
In just its second issue printed in Boston since the evacuation of the British, the New-England Chronicle of May 2, 1776, describes the Battle of the Rice Boats in great detail. You'll see this issue and more than 150 others up close and personal in Reporting the Revolutionary War this November.
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Before It Was History, It Was News

Colonial newspapers published between 1763 and 1783 fanned the flames of rebellion in America, provided critical correspondence during the war, sustained loyalty to the cause and ultimately aided in the outcome. Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, November 2012) offers readers an unprecedented look at colonial newspapers, which detailed the biggest battles and milestones as well as many forgotten events of the American Revolution.

Through vivid eyewitness accounts, battlefield letters and breaking news compiled from hundreds of newspapers – printed on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean – the story of the American Revolution is unlike any version that has been told. It is raw and uncut, full of intense action, drama and suspense. From start to finish, these frontline newspapers deliver incomparable insight about America’s founding and combine to reveal one of the most real and comprehensive narratives of the Revolutionary Era, loaded with amazing characters, better-than-fiction plot twists and the perfect climax. This is history in its purest form.

Author/Editor Todd Andrlik is among the nation’s leading authorities on 18th century newspapers. He built one of the most significant private collections of American Revolution era newspapers, containing the earliest printed reports of practically every major event and battle, which he is making public for the first time ever with this book.

Coming together to help put the original newspapers accounts in context are 37 top historians -- including professors, scholars, authors and park rangers -- who have contributed more than 60 fascinating essays. These essays chronicle the impact these papers made on America's War of Independence.

In addition to the 400-page, full-color book, Todd Andrlik and Sourcebooks are launching a sensational multimedia package complete with website, digital archive of 300+ Revolutionary newspapers, interactive app, video, audio and educational lesson plans. With Reporting the Revolutionary War, we are bringing the 18th century to the 21st.