1776: America and Britain at war by David McCullough

By David McCullough

America's such a lot acclaimed historian provides the tricky tale of the yr of the start of the U.S. of the US. 1776 tells gripping tales: how a gaggle of squabbling, disparate colonies turned the U.S., and the way the British Empire attempted to forestall them. a narrative with a solid of fantastic characters from George III to George Washington, to squaddies and their households, this exhilarating publication is without doubt one of the nice items of old narrative.

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John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress, was thirty-nine, John Adams, forty, Thomas Jefferson, thirty-two, younger even than the young Rhode Island general. ” He had been born and raised in Kent County, Rhode Island, on a farm by Potowomut Creek, near the village of Warwick, approximately sixty miles south of Boston. He was the third of the eight sons of a prominent, industrious Quaker also named Nathanael, and the one, of all the sons, his father counted on most to further the family interests.

The present ministers were enemies of freedom. I cannot consent to the bloody consequences of so silly a contest about so silly an object, conducted in the silliest manner that history or observation has ever furnished an instance of, and from which we are likely to derive nothing but poverty, disgrace, defeat, and ruin. Once Fox finished, North stood at his place and calmly allowed he had no wish to remain a day in office were he to be judged inactive, inattentive, or inconsiderate. North was not a man enamored with war.

Still youthful at thirty-seven, and still hardworking after fifteen years on the throne, he could be notably willful and often shortsighted, but he was sincerely patriotic and everlastingly duty-bound. “George, be aKing, ” his mother had told him. As the crisis in America grew worse, and the opposition in Parliament more strident, he saw clearly that he must play the part of the patriot-king. He had never been a soldier. He had never been to America, any more than he had set foot in Scotland or Ireland.

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