Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
In this stirring book, David McCullough tells the intensely
human story of those who marched with General George Washington in
the year of the Declaration of Independence - when the whole
American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope
for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the
Declaration would have amounted to little more than words on
1776 is a powerful drama written with extraordinary
narrative vitality. It is the story of Americans in the ranks, men
of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers,
shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is
the story of the King's men, the British commander, William Howe,
and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes
with contempt and fought with a valor too little known.
At the center of the drama, with Washington, are two young
American patriots, who, at first, knew no more of war than what
they had read in books - Nathanael Greene, a Quaker who was made a
general at thirty-three, and Henry Knox, a twenty-five-year-old
bookseller who had the preposterous idea of hauling the guns of
Fort Ticonderoga overland to Boston in the dead of winter. But it
is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost -
Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.
1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare
few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that
things turned out as they did.
More About the Speakers
Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.