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October 19, 1781: The great guns at Yorktown fell silent, British General Cornwallis surrendered, and England conceded the war. For one euphoric moment a shout of jubilation rolled forth in America - and then harsh reality gripped the country. America was thirteen separate countries, each with its own money, political organization, culture, and history. Congress was essentially powerless. Border tariffs sprang up between states, with cannons to enforce them. Quarrels over control of the great rivers brought states to the brink of war. Banks lacked gold and silver to support their paper currency; bankruptcies raged. The military was paid with unenforceable written promises, and destitute soldiers marched on to Philadelphia, demanding their wages. Finally, in 1786, still unpaid, the soldiers revolted, closing down many New England courthouses to stop the bankruptcy courts from seizing their farms. Shooting erupted; Americans killed Americans. The impending storm was threatening to break.
About the Author
Ron Carter is the author of Prelude to Glory, the much acclaimed nine-volume fictional recreation of the Revolutionary War, as well as many other novels. Ron received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University before earning a juris doctor degree after attending law schools at George Washington University and the University of Utah. Ron passed away in November 2008. He and his wife, LaRae, are the parents of nine children.