Washington's Crossing Short Essay - Answer Key

David Hackett Fischer
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1. "Washington's Crossing" by David Hackett Fischer is the story about what?

David Hackett Fischer's "Washington's Crossing" relates the story of the American Revolutionary War from the summer of 1776 through the winter of 1777. He provides specifics for each of the battles during this period. He includes Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Fort Lee, Trenton, and eventually, Princeton. Of course, it details the rebel crossing of the Deleware River, where Fischer gets his title.

2. Why is George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River considered the turning point in the American Revolutionary War?

George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River is considered the turning point in the American Revolutionary War. Until this point, the rebels suffered numerous crushing defeats. Washington's enemy felt the Americans were on their last leg. By the time he lead his troops across the Delaware, Washington had learned a significant amount regarding the enemy. He had also come to learn much about his own men.

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