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DAVID MCCULOUGH

DAVID McCULLOUGH'S 1776:

***** HISTORICAL ANALYSIS

In this amazingly accurate and timely book, author David McCullough, a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for literature, related the intensely human story ***** the brave men who marched with General George Washington in ***** year when the Declaration of Independence was signed, a crucial event in American hi***** when the whole American cause ***** freedom from ***** tyranny of Great Brita***** was dependent on the success of these ***** patriots. Based ***** extensive research in both American and British arc*****ves, 1776 is a very powerful drama written with exemplary narrative vitality ***** awareness.

The story itself focuses on the men who served in the American ranks against ***** Brit*****h during the American Revolution, ***** of e***** shap*****, size and color and from virtually every walk of life, such as farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, social outcasts and *****ten boys under the age of fifteen. It is also the story of ***** King's Men (i.e. King George III), the British commander William Howe and his highly disciplined redcoats. As an added benefit, McCullough has also included ***** exper*****nces of *****s loyal to the English Crown, Hessian mercenaries, politicians, traitors and spies and the ordinary men and wo***** caught in the path ***** a bloody w*****r.

Unlike similar books which have been published over the years concern*****g the American Revolution, ***** has saved the final three paragraphs to express ***** *****all thesis or theme:

The *****ary War was a longer, far more arduous and more painful struggle than later generations *****uld *************** or... appreciate. By the time it ended, ***** had taken the lives of an estimated 25,000 Americans... The year 1776... was for those who carried the fight for independence ********** a year of all-*****o few victories, of sustained suffering, disease, hunger, desertion, cowardice, disillusionment, defeat... and fear... especially for those who had ***** with Washington. Thus, the outcome seemed little short of a miracle" (294).

***** ***** quote so brilliantly points out, at the center of the drama, along with General Washington, stood two young American ***** who at first knew nothing about war outside of what they ***** read in books—Nathanael Greene, a Quaker, made a general at the ***** of thirty-three and Henry Knox, a twenty-five year old bookseller who suggested ***** then insane idea ***** taking the guns at Fort Ticonderoga and hauling *****m overland to the city of Boston in the dead of winter. Of course, the most central character is ***** Washington himself, the ********** who in 1776 had never led an army *****to b*****tle.

McCullough begins his superior ***** in London on October 26, 1775, when His Majesty K*****g George III went before the English Parliament to declare that the American colonies are in rebellion aga*****st the Crown and to affirm his personal resolve ***** crush it at all costs. From there, McCullough moves to the siege of Boston and describes in detail its amazing outcome, then to the city of New York, where British ships

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