1776 Book Report

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Thomas Connolly AP American History Bell: 6 10/27/10 McCullough, David G. 1776. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. Author’s Credibility David McCullough was born on July 9, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. McCullough attended Yale University and earned a degree in English Literature. The first book that he wrote was The Johnstown Flood. Since then he has written 7 other books relating to various topics. He has also narrated a few documentaries. Two of his books, respectfully, have been turned into movies and a short series T.V show. McCullough is a two time winner of the Pulitzer Award and the National Book Award. He has received the highest civilian award in the United States; The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Summary 1776 is a book about the American Revolution in the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. David McCullough tells about how the small American Army attempted to win their freedom from the world power Great Britain. It tells about the ups and the downs of the American attempt for freedom. The book takes you through key events and battles in the war between America and Great Britain. Author Thesis McCullough says in an interview with Edward Morris that the reason for him focusing on the year 1776 was, "because that was the low point of our fortunes, not just in the war, but, I think one can say, in the whole history of the country. The prospects of there even being a United States of America were never more bleak. Also, it was the year of the Declaration of Independence.” McCullough’s true main goal in this book was to show people how the revolutionary war really was. How these people lived and what they actually went through. McCullough says in an interview that people see the people from the revolutionary war as quote, “characters in a costume pageant.” He says that people have never seen real

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