By David McCullough
America's so much acclaimed historian offers the complex tale of the yr of the beginning of the us of the United States. 1776 tells gripping tales: how a gaggle of squabbling, disparate colonies turned the us, 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 booklet is without doubt one of the nice items of ancient narrative.
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Almost every shop and store is shut. No business of any kind is going on…. I am with the multitude rendered very unhappy, the little I collected entirely lost. The clothes upon my back and a few dollars in my pocket are now the only property which I have. *** DESPITE THE WAR, or more likely because of it, the King remained popular in the country at large and could count on a loyal following in Parliament. Political philosophy, patriotism, and a sense of duty comparable to the King’s own figured strongly in both houses.
Cleanliness in person, clean cooking utensils, clean water and unspoiled meat and produce were seen as essential to the prolonged health of the army, and this was among the chief reasons for constant insistence on discipline and order, and especially with so many thousands encamped in such close company. ” The smell of many camps was vile in the extreme. New England men were also averse to washing their own clothes, considering that women’s work. The British included women in their army—wives and other so-called camp followers, some of whom were prostitutes—who did the washing, but that was not the way with the New Englanders.
IT WAS IN THE COMMONS that the longer, more turbulent conflict ensued. Of the twenty or so who rose to speak, few held back. Attacks on the King, Lord North, the Foreign Ministry in general, and on one another at times brought the heat of debate to the boiling point. There were insults exchanged that would long fester, bombast and hyperbole in abundance, and moments when eloquence was brought to bear with a dramatic effect remarkable even in the Commons. It was Parliament as theater, and gripping, even if the outcome, like much of theater, was understood all along.
1776: America and Britain at war by David McCullough