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In "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Henry Fisk Carlton, readers are presented with a vivid and gripping account of one of the most iconic events in American history. Carlton's meticulous research and engaging storytelling make this book an engaging and informative read.

The book offers a comprehensive analysis of the events leading up to George Washington's daring crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776. With careful attention to detail, Carlton paints a vivid picture of the dire circumstances faced by the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Through his meticulous research, he provides readers with a deeper understanding of the grit, determination, and strategic genius exhibited by Washington and his troops.

One of the book's strengths lies in Carlton's ability to bring the characters to life. Rather than presenting Washington and his compatriots as mere historical figures, he delves into their personalities, motivations, and emotions. By doing so, Carlton humanizes these heroes, allowing readers to connect with them on a more personal level. This makes their incredible achievements and sacrifices all the more awe-inspiring.

The author's writing style is accessible and engaging, making the complex historical narrative easy to follow. Though the book is laden with facts and details, Carlton avoids overwhelming the reader, interspersing the narrative with anecdotes and personal accounts. This balanced approach keeps the story flowing smoothly and maintains the reader's interest throughout.

In addition to its captivating storytelling, "Washington Crossing the Delaware" showcases Carlton's meticulous attention to historical accuracy. Through an impressive array of primary and secondary sources, the author weaves together a narrative that is both informative and enlightening. The book provides valuable insights into the political and military strategies deployed during the Revolutionary War, offering a comprehensive understanding of the broader context surrounding the crossing.

Despite its many strengths, the book could benefit from more extensive analysis and interpretation. While Carlton presents the facts and events in a compelling manner, a deeper exploration of the implications and significance of the crossing would have added another layer of insight. Additionally, the book occasionally assumes some prior knowledge of the Revolutionary War, which could pose challenges for readers less familiar with the period.

Overall, "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Henry Fisk Carlton is a well-researched and engaging narrative that brings to life a critical moment in American history. Readers will find themselves captivated by Carlton's storytelling as they gain a deeper appreciation for the courage and resilience of George Washington and his troops. Whether one is a history enthusiast or simply seeking an engaging read, this book is sure to inform and inspire.

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Washington Crossing the Delaware



Edited by CLAIRE T. ZYVE, Ph.D. Fox Meadow School, Scarsdale, New York



The play in this book has actually been produced on the radio. Possibly you have listened to this one when you tuned in at home. The persons whose voices you heard as you listened, looked just as they did when they left their homes to go to the studio, although they were taking the parts of men and women who lived long ago and who wore costumes very different from the ones we wear today.

The persons whose voices you heard stood close together around the microphone, each one reading from a copy of the play in his hand. Since they could not be seen, they did not act parts as in other plays, but tried to make their voices show how they felt.

When you give these plays you will not need costumes and you will not need scenery, although you can easily arrange a broadcasting studio if you wish. You will not need to memorize your parts; in fact, it will not be like a real radio broadcast if you do so, and, furthermore, you will not want to, since you will each have a copy of the book in your hands. All you will need to do is to remember that you are taking the part of a radio actor, that you are to read your speeches very distinctly, and that by your voice you will make your audience understand how you feel... Continue reading book >>

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