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The whites of their eyes : Bunker Hill, the first American Army, and the emergence of George Washington

Author: Paul Douglas Lockhart
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Offers a reassessment of the first major engagement of the American Revolution by intertwining two equally important stories--the creation of America's first army and the rise of the man who led it, George Washington.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Named Person: George Washington; George Washington; George Washington
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Douglas Lockhart
ISBN: 9780061958861 0061958867
OCLC Number: 670324865
Description: ix, 414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Massachusetts's war --
Young soldiers who had never been in action --
The grand American army --
The fiercest man among the savage tribes --
Elbow room --
A good deal of a hubbub --
Masters of these heights --
The enemy's all landed at Charlestown! --
Grass before the scythe --
A great tho dear bought victory --
New lords, new laws.
Responsibility: Paul Lockhart.

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Offers a reassessment of the first major engagement of the American Revolution by intertwining two equally important stories--the creation of America's first army and the rise of the man who led it, George Washington.

One hot June afternoon in 1775, on the gentle slopes of a hill near Boston, Massachusetts, a small band of ordinary Americans--frightened but fiercely determined--dared to stand up to a superior British force. But the first real engagement of the American Revolution and one of the most famous battles in our history, Bunker Hill was not the battle that we have been taught to believe it was. Revisiting old evidence and drawing on new research, Lockhart shows that Bunker Hill was a clumsy engagement pitting one inexperienced army against another. Lockhart tells the rest of the story, too: how a mob of armed civilians became America's first army; how George Washington set aside his comfortable patrician life to take command of the veterans of Bunker Hill; and how the forgotten heroes of 1775--though overshadowed by the more famous Founding Fathers--kept the notion of American liberty alive.--From publisher description.

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