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Chapter 15

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America Wins

The 1780s were a time of birth and rebirth.  Liss’s bi-racial son, Harry, was born in February 1783. When he was six months old, a widow and former neighbor named Ann Sharwin asked to purchase her and baby Harry. Robert agreed, on the condition that the widow would inform him if she ever wanted to sell them or move away. For the time, at least, Liss seemed agreeable to her circumstances. Then in November, on Robert’s 30th birthday, George Washington rode into New York City as the final British soldiers left. The scrappy colonists had done the impossible, and a new nation suddenly sprang onto the global scene.