Short Summary Of 1776 By David Mccullough

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1776 is a book written by David McCullough in 2005. The book was written from a third person point of view. It is a narrative about the writing of the Declaration of Independence and what the people from both America and Britain went through in the making of the new country. The book starts out with King George III traveling to the Parliament to deliver a message of the American rebellion. There was a debate in the House of Commons about the decision, but later voted in favor of the King. Burke was against the King’s decision to escalate the rebellion. The British were victorious with the Battle of Bunker Hill, but they had faced significant casualties and a lot of deaths in the battle. Nathanael Greene was a military commander who was self …show more content…
However, Washington ignored it because they addressed him as “Mr.Washington”. Once they correctly addressed Washington, he replied by saying they would continue to fight. More British ships arrive and station themselves on the New York Harbour. The British decided they would attack on Long Island. The American Army is forced to retreat. Washington also retreats at Brooklyn Heights. The American forces are still dealing with desertions. Washington has to decide to fight or evacuate New York. He later decided to evacuate. Reed, who was helping Washington, was even starting to lose faith in him. The British believed that if they just continued to capture cities, then eventually Washington would quit fighting. An old widow invited Howe into her home which caused the British army to slow down. William Howe had to decide if they should wait out winter or to pursue Washington’s army. He chose to pursue the army. Washington then surrendered Fort Washington. He kept sending letters to Lee telling him to join the army, but Lee never joined. Reed wrote Lee letters saying that Lee should be the Commander instead of Washington. Washington accidently received a letter that Lee had …show more content…
In that one year the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Americans capture Dorchester Heights and dominate the Boston port, Continental Congress formed a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence, Congress declares independence from Britain, and the country is officially renamed from the United Colonies to the United States of America. These are just a few things that happened in 1776, but each subject had something to do with the independence of the country. McCullough was able to get the story across in a way that is entertaining. Sitting down and reading a history book would be boring and uninteresting, but the way that McCullough tells the story makes the reader want to continue. The independence of the United States is an important subject because we are a free country with many rights of our own, but we wouldn’t be able to say that or celebrate our freedom if the things that happened in 1776 didn’t happen. Therefore, the most important meaning of this book is being able to spread the story of how we became a free

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