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DAVID MCCULOUGH

DAVID McCULLOUGH'S 1776:

AN 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 for 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 and awareness.

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

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

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

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

McCullough begins his superior narrative in London on October 26, 1775, when His Majesty K*****g ***** III went before the English Parliament to declare that the ***** colonies are in rebellion aga*****st the ***** 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, *****n to the city of New York, where British ships

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