David Gaub Mccullough Chapter Summaries

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Jaylin Mashack
American History Honors 1
Period 3
July 23 , 2015

David Gaub McCollough born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer.] He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University. His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); and he has since written eight more on such topics as Harry S Truman, John Adams, and the Brooklyn Bridge. McCullough has also narrated numerous documentaries, such as the civil war by Ken Burns.
I think his qualifications for writing 1776 are very high. Because In …show more content…

It opens with King George III, the King of England and a villain by most American accounts, seen as having less in History teaches, reinforces what we believe in, what we stand for, and what we ought to be willing to stand up for. History should be the foundation of patriotism, not the chest-pounding kind of patriotism but the real thing, love of country. We are living now in an era of momentous change, of huge transitions in all aspects of life here, nationwide, worldwide and this creates great pressures and tensions. But history shows that times of change are the times when we are most likely to learn. This nation was founded on change. We should embrace the possibilities in these exciting times and hold to a steady course, because we have a sense of navigation, a sense of what we've been through in times past and who we …show more content…

Washington inspired his men with inspirational quotes like, "perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages" and "The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of his army." Colonel Henry Knox, also a Great leader in the Continental Army, led his forces into battle and inspired them similar to Washington in quotes like, "We want great men who, when fortune frowns, will not be discouraged." The quotes help convey the sense of seriousness and how dawning our war for independence .really was at the time. The best thing about the book is that McCullough delivers the history as a story. Most Americans know about the history and the situations of the American Revolution (hopefully), and therefore, it could have been very easy to bore someone who doesn't have a vast interest in history with the material, but McCullough doesn't fall into that trap. Another positive aspect of the book is that I didn't think it was biased towards either side. I always think of the quote, "History is written by the winners," but I think McCullough fairly portrayed both sides of the war. He didn't cast Washington as a better and more competent field general than Howe; in fact, he recalled a number of times when Washington's indecisiveness cost the Continental Army. McCullough showed where the American forces were great . I do enjoy history , but reading some of the history

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