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Was Silas Deane a hero? A scoundrel? A thief? A man whose ideas, after his death, proved to be beneficial to the American economy? Cursed by a political enemy? Unlucky? Not too smart? You decide. Silas Deane Online provides the user with lessons to start your research, some documents chosen to help the user reach a basic understanding of this provocative American, and an extensive bibliography for the user to pursue his or her own research.

Lessons
A Brief Biography of Silas Deane
Silas' Membership in the 1st and 2nd Continental Congresses
Silas' part in the taking of Fort Ticonderoga and the Battle of Saratoga
Silas and the Creation of the Continental Navy
A Spy or not a Spy
Enslaved in Silas Deane's House
Fictional musings of Silas Deane
For those who want to look further

 

 

"We considered the Congress as a school of politeness, at which you seemed incapable of learning. You must pardon us, therefore, if we gave you up as unteachable or incorrigible."

From John Trumbull
[New Haven,] October 20th, 1775

Silas Deane
Political Cartoon, 1783

 
           
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