1776 | Study Guide

David McCullough

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David McCullough

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History, Nonfiction

At a Glance

1776 is a best-selling work of narrative history by the acclaimed historian David McCullough. While working on his previous book, a biography of John Adams, McCullough became fascinated with the 18th century and made the year that defined the American struggle for independence the topic of his next project. McCullough directs the reader's attention away from the debates of Philadelphia's Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence toward the trials of the ragtag army of citizen-soldiers under the command of General George Washington. The book's contention is simple: without the perseverance of Washington and his Continental Army during the hardships of 1776, the Declaration of Independence would have amounted to little more than a beautifully worded document without any material consequences.

Perspective and Narrator

McCullough, the author, narrates 1776, supporting his point of view with quotations from primary sources such as diaries, memoirs, and letters.

About the Title

1776, the pivotal year of the American struggle for independence, refers to the year in which the bulk of the narrative's action occurs.


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