Burke's Speech on Conciliation with America

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Macmillan Company, 1906
 

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This well-crafted address was presented as a series of suggestions for a way to conciliate the American colonists and avoid a revolt. The common-sense points that Burke makes and the ways that he goes ... Leer reseña completa

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