Revolutionary Summer portrays the events during the epic summer of 1776. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Joseph Ellis, Revolutionary Summer takes the reader along side the Continental Congress, the British militia, and the Continental Congress. The books main theme was that the American side was committed to “The Cause,” and the British were resolute to keep the colonies subordinated. I was amazed at the legal and political questions faced by the Founding Fathers and the absolute improbable victory that Washington achieved during the Revolution.
A few highlights are:
Washington’s quote on page 67 where he is full aware of the gravity of the revolution- “The time is now at hand which must probably determine, Whether Americans are to be, Freeman, or Slaves…The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the conduct of this army…”
Page 101 – Jefferson’s idea that Senators should not be elected by their representatives but by their state elected representatives.
Page 113 – Washington dictating to his militia that “Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty…if any man attempt to sulk, lay down, or retreat without orders, he will be instantly be shot down as an example.”
Page 136 – If the Americans had lost the war – Washington, Adams, Franklin and other patriots would have gone to the gallows (hung).
This book will invigorate a lost apathy at the sacrifice of early American Patriots and give the reader a hallowed look at how precarious the political course was for the new colonies. In addition, I am in awe how George Washington with the rag-tag army and the gravity that he faced.