|About the Book|
The Pathway to Freedom is never free. From the Biblical Exodus to the years of Braveheart to the American Revolution against England, we have proved over and over that freedom of actions also requires personal responsibility and consequences.ManyMoreThe Pathway to Freedom is never free. From the Biblical Exodus to the years of Braveheart to the American Revolution against England, we have proved over and over that freedom of actions also requires personal responsibility and consequences.Many years ago, I became aware of my Vermont ancestors who lived during the Revolutionary War. Since 1985, I have been piecing together the bare fragments of their lives. What happened to these individuals between birth and death, buying property and having children? In this novel, have filled in the gaps with sometimes documentable, sometimes fictionalized details.These days, few people know why the state of Vermont was not one of the original thirteen colonies and why it did not join the Union until 1791 as the fourteenth state. In this book and its sequel, “Pathway to Freedom: Surviving the Revolution,” I tell the story of three families caught in the crossfire of competing interests.We are taught to think of the American Revolution of 1776 in very narrow terms. George Washington, great statesman that he was, did not win the war alone. Without the support of farmers, millers, blacksmiths, trappers pioneers and so many others of low estate, the efforts of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and the other widely known heroes of the founding of this country could not have succeeded.Perhaps you, the reader, also have such ancestors. If so, and you do not know much about them, I will be glad to share those in this story with you. I’ve drawn their lives from many sources, so it could be that some of them really do belong to you.