Background[ edit ] Construction and defenses[ edit ] During the American Revolutionary War, Fort Washington was located at the highest point of the island of Manhattanalong a large outcropping of Manhattan schist near its northernmost tip. Shortly after Washington's survey, troops from Pennsylvania began construction on the fort under the supervision of Rufus Putnam. For more than a month, the troops transported boulders from the heights of Manhattan to the edge of the river, where they loaded them into a collection of hulks and cribs made of timber and stretched it across the river.
A number of factors have been blamed for the decline of American schools, but one of the biggest culprits in my opinion is the overemphasis on standardized testing, especially as codified by the dreadful No Child Left Behind Act.
Both students and teachers have complained that high schools place so much emphasis on memorizing facts for the annual tests that it leaves little room for critical thinking, or interesting stories of history and literature, or anything else that makes learning fun and inspiring.
An English professor was making a point about how people today rely so much on their smartphones and the Internet that no one bothers to remember anything anymore because they assume they can just Google it.
The professor pointed out that this lack of internal knowledge can hinder understanding and complex thinking. As an example he asked his students when America was founded. There were about 30 students in the class, and none of them knew. The professor said, "Seriously?
OK, boys and girls, America was founded on July 4,when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. I wanted to read for several reasons.
by David McCullough - America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring Released on: July 04, Mar 20, · Ms. Albert Ah, I see you haven't read the McCullough book yet! The Wright Brothers first powered flight was in at Kitty Hawk, followed up shortly by others more Ah, I see you haven't read the McCullough book yet! The Wright Brothers first powered flight was in at Kitty Hawk, followed up shortly by others at Huffman Prairie in Dayton. David McCullough, Actor: Seabiscuit. David McCullough was born on July 7, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as David Gaub McCullough. He is an actor and writer, known for Seabiscuit (), and Nova ().
Second, it has been almost 20 years since I was in an American history class, and I wanted to revisit the details of how my country was founded.
The book focuses on battles with the British between and It opens with a quote from a letter written by General George Washington in January Few people know the predicament we are in.
Few of the "rebels" had military experience.
Weapons and gun powder were in short supply. Plus, the Brits controlled the sea. But for a few lucky turns of fate, the British might have won the war. McCullough concluded the book with this summation: McCullough weaves a pleasant narrative and makes long-ago events seem very real.
I liked his inclusion of quotes from letters, and the details of each military strategy, including how the weather was that day.
And his description of Washington made me want to read a good biography about him. I listened to this on audio CD, and McCullough is an excellent narrator. I highly recommend it to fans of history. Hooray for lifelong learning!David McCullough was born in in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and educated there and at Yale.
Author of Truman, Brave Companions, Mornings on Horseback, The Path Between the Seas, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood, he has received the Pulitzer Prize (in , for Truman), the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and is twice winner of the National Book .
America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring story of the year of our nation’s birth, , interweaving, on both sides of the Atlantic, the actions and decisions that led Great Britain to undertake a war against her rebellious colonial subjects and that placed America’s survival in the hands of.
David McCullough’s book covers just that, the most important year of the revolutionary war. Even though the war does not officially end until the Treaty of Paris is signed in , the reader follows Washington and his men through losses and miserable retreats, as well as his big successes against Cornwallis and Rall.
David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback.
His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, , The Greater Journey, and The Wright /5().
by David McCullough - America’s beloved and distinguished historian presents, in a book of breathtaking excitement, drama, and narrative force, the stirring Released on: July 04, David Gaub McCullough (/ m ə ˈ k ʌ l ə /; born July 7, ) is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer.
He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award.. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a .