1776, written by David McCullough is a very brilliant book that tells us an intense story about the individuals that had shared the march with General George Washington for the Declaration of Independence. The book is mainly about George Washington, the battles he fought with the English militia with untrained soliders. At the same time the book also expands the details about the opponent participants of the war. 1776 gives the reader a detailed picture of Washington’s life and marriage. Chapter 1 deals with the King of England George the III. He was against the American patriots rebelling against the British Government. New England has a very similar form of government but is has some difference. There is still monarchy with limited power, …show more content…
When the book was written he was 33 years old, who was a Quaker. Which was quite interesting because Quakers don’t fight. He came from Rhode Island. He never “knew of ware fare and military command came almost entirely from books”(20). Part one describes the scene at Boston and talks about the troops that are arriving at Boston which Washington is taking command of. The British controlled the center of the town, which was called the Charleston, and the patriots controlled the surrounding area. This chapter also talks about the troops that were set up in Boston. The American soldiers didn’t have a really neat or set up camp which caused them to have allotted of diseases. General Israel Putman was one of the bravest hero’s of the Bunker Hill battle. McCullough mentions that there are African American on both sides of the war with patriots and some with the British with the promise for freedom Washington had to deal with many problems with the army such as the enlistments, pay and more which resulted in fewer soldiers coming for war. Part two describes about Washington. It was said that Washington was with a slave at all times a black named William. Most of part 2 talks about schooling of Washington and pamphlet that he wrote. He married a wealth widow named Martha Dandridge Curtis. Washington knew he need the money and materials from the congress, so …show more content…
This chapter picks up from the point where the British had the victory over Boston and now they are moving to Newyork. Newyork was full of loyalist that supported the New England. New york city is refined b y the waters which makes it more easier for the New England’s to invade it. Washington wanted to defend the New England, as Newyork is a very powerful city. They set up cannons and many military equipment’s to defeat the British .New York had very rusty people. It also takes about Lee and he believes that in order for the Newyork to defeat the British fortifications has to be build. He demands Washington to be removed from the commanding position. The invasion in Canada was a total failure. Back in Newyork there was a talk about assassination of Washington. An immigrant named Thomas Hickey was behind that idea of assassination. The arrival of the British ships the Phoenix and the Rose. They were powerful ships and they were open fires and no damage was caused. This was sign that showed that the battle wasn’t going to end up well. British had a strong army but didn’t fight because they thought the patriots didn’t have enough resource to fight against them. This delayed the fight and gave them time after time. At last the British send a letter to George Washington in suggestion of surrender. More and more ships are coming in to attack and Washington believes that the major attack would
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As dawn approached, he and his army would attack Trenton with all the force that they had at the time. The author stated that Washington had thought the battle was already lost because they would lose the element of surprise as the weather slowed them down which was pushing them into the daylight. According to Fischer, Washington and his army arrived to Trenton at around seven-thirty in the morning. They succeeded in using the element of surprise and the weather helped the colonial army and they took Trenton.
One can begin to see the anger building in the colonies, for now conflict has not led to war but the colonies are rapidly moving towards it. After the Boston Tea Party, Britain responded with a blockade of Boston and regiments of British Regulars sent to the city. Eventually British force lead to parliament declaring that Massachusetts was rebelling, in response more British regulars were sent in and marched to Lexington and Concord kicking off the first battles of the war. The next few chapters are dedicated to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Instead of the normal tactics discussions in history textbooks,
Brief Summary and Arrangement of the Book: The book 1776 by David McCullough is about the first year of the Revolutionary War. It depicts the hardships that the Americans faced early on in the war; deserters, being outnumbered, disease, inexperience, feelings of hopelessness and countless other things. Everyone thought that the “rebellion” was a lost cause because they were a ragtag group of men going up against the most powerful nation at the time. Although they were successful as the war was starting things went downhill for the Americans. For almost four months in every battle fought the British came out victorious:the Battle of Long Island, Fort Washington and Fort Lee.
Revolutionary War: Battles of Lexington and Concord Carter Wilson Mountain View High School Revolutionary War: Battles of Lexington and Concord The Revolutionary War had many twists and turns, many with the possibility to change History’s course completely. Each battle and decision decided these outcomes we now live with, for example our freedom. Ever since the end of the French & Indian War over who will control the Americas, in which the colonists helped the British win. The colonists realized just how limited their rights were becoming (Road to Revolution, 159), leading to a desire of independence.
The Bloody Disagreement It was a dark and dreadfully drab day in Boston 1770. Hugh and John nervously stood guard on King Street. As they stood guard, anxiety and fear crept through their bones. The reason for all of this was because of disagreement between King George and the colonists.
Juxtapositioning that with Washington’s stance, the need of the author to showcase Washington in this event is clear. In January 9, 1776, Knox and his men have to carry the Ticonderoga cannons through “mountains, steep and tumbled” yet when it came to describing them in a metaphor he stated he “might have seen all the kingdoms of the Earth” revealing a rather joyful nature Knox kept up still in such grave situations, yet the way the author kept talking about the grave dangers singles out Knox’s opinion, revealing the focus (McCullough 84). Such a remarks are lies during danger yet likely this positive attitude let him and his men prevail. Washington after the loss at New York is said by the author through imagery to have “wept within his soul” but not in front of others, showing his stubborn nature (McCullough 244). The concealing of his emotions is a lie, but what use would truth again have been.
First he had to reestablish his men's confidence to enlist more men to fight. Washington’s plan was to block off the escape of the British by taking the bridge over Assunpink Creek. The British commander, Colonel Johann Rall, had intelligence of this, but he believed that his men could defeat the American forces in open
Considering Great Britain was equipped the world’s greatest navy. After Great Britain was ambushed by the Americans, but they recovered very quickly. After they had to retreat from Boston. 32,000 British soldiers arrived in New York accompanied with hundreds of boats.
The British took out a ton of George Washington's soldiers. But on Christmas night 1776 George Washington and the rest of his small army crossed the Delaware river and made a comeback against the mercenaries at Trenton. The Americans didn't lose one soldier that night. This was super tense if George Washington failed the British would have won this war. This also got the Americans who were starving and lacking ammo all the stuff that they were needing and the Americans were starting to make the British worried a little and the people in England were getting upset for paying a war that was supposed to be quick and easy.
Many sites and textbooks describe the American Revolutionary War as the Americans being the tricky underdogs and the British Empire being the powerful army that seemed invincible. In this project, the thesis and evidence provided showed the opposite; the British Empire stood a small chance against the American colonies. This report highlights research and analysis about the numbers, the economic and military situations, and strategies/motives that the commanders from each side chose to use throughout the war. Some suggestions of what the armies could have done at certain battles are specified.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Perhaps the most famous line from the Declaration of Independence, written on July 4, 1776. 1776 by David McCullough is about just that: the year 1776, though it does mention events in previous and following years, in American history. McCullough’s purpose for writing the book is very clear: to educate readers about the details of the American Revolutionary War from the view of both sides in and around 1776. McCullough achieves this through mostly logos, but uses ethos and pathos just as well.
In the book of His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis, the author introduces Washington, the Father of the United States, in a fresh portrait focused on the characters of Washington. This book is an impressive biography of Washington's remarkable dedication to the United States history. According to the author, George Washington is an omnipresent figure as he was growing up, described as the man in the moon who was aloof and silent. This book focuses on Washington's wartime service which became some of his major contributions to the United States, rather than merely telling the true story of Washington, its main thesis is focusing on analyzing his contributions and how his governorship had affected the American history. Washington's life is divided into three areas in this book.
In 1776 George Washington the leader of the Continental Army led his country in the battle for the freedom of many people. The book 1776 tells the story via a neutral point of view and data collected via American and British archives and he gathered enough information that is accurate material about the American Revolution to support his thesis. I think his main thesis is that it is a miracle that the colonies were able to defeat the army of the British Empire and that they were able to gain their independence from them. The opening quote from the book is where George Washington says that things appear to be getting very desperate. George Washington said, "Few people know the predicament we are in".
Spirits were high until the British kept arriving in large numbers. Washington had to split up his army numerous times to keep the New York defended. Spirits began to fall and disease set in once again. Washington had to plan to retreat, which is no easy task with an army of any size. However, the retreat was perfectly executed with a thick fog settling in as dawn came to conceal the soldiers.