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Washington's Crossing (book)

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Washington's Crossing
Washington's Crossing (book cover).jpg
First edition
AuthorDavid Hackett Fischer
Cover artistEmanuel Leutze, Washington Crossing the Delaware - 1851
GenreNon-fiction
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date
2004
ISBN0-19-517034-2 (hardcover)
ISBN 0-19-518159-X (paperback)
OCLC53075605
973.3/32 22
LC ClassE263.P4 F575 2004

Washington's Crossing is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by David Hackett Fischer and part of the "Pivotal Moments in American History" series. It is primarily about George Washington's leadership during the 1776 campaign of the American Revolutionary War, culminating with George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River and the subsequent campaign, with the Battle of Trenton, the Battle of the Assunpink Creek, and the Battle of Princeton.

Organization

Fischer discusses the historical context of the crossing, including the crossing's precursors, the intensity of effort required to make the crossing itself, and the effects upon the outcome of the American Revolutionary War made possible by the success of the crossing and the brilliant exploitation. He follows up with more than 180 pages, divided into appendices, source citations, and acknowledgements.

Using as his starting point, the famous painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emmanuel Leutze, Fischer continues through the shift in momentum resulting from this campaign. He shows that before the crossing, the British were intent upon attacking and defeating the revolutionaries. After the crossing and subsequent campaign, the British focused on being attacked.

Fischer proceeds through the aftermath and finishes with a discussion of how a new, American way of fighting developed during the campaign surrounding the crossing, including an entrepreneurial spirit and a policy of humanity. The goal-oriented spirit still guides America's warfare: to win the war and then to return to everyday life with all dispatch. The Americans' policy of humanity to their defeated opponents was so attractive that large numbers of the Hessian enemy stayed in America, and more returned with their families following the war.

Acclaim

Fischer's work is admired as one of the most comprehensive books on the critical and suspenseful turning point of the American War of Independence.[1] The book was published in February 2004 and it won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for History.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Ellis, Joseph J. (15 February 2004). "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" – via www.nytimes.com.
  2. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Citation". pulitzer.org.

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