Monday, January 9, 2017

Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, a Revolution

Nathaniel Philbrick in Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, a Revolution, does an admirable job depicting the series of complex events which lead up to the Battle of Bunker Hill.  He charts the evolving nature of the American Revolution, beginning with local trouble in Boston regarding taxation and smuggling, up into the Battle of Bunker Hill, which cemented, in the eyes of most patriots, that this war was now for independence, and not to ensure the rights of English colonists.

He pays special attention to Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed in the battle.  More popular than George Washington, if he had not been killed, he would, no doubt, had been a leader of the revolution on par with Washington, Adams, Jefferson. In other words, a founding father.

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