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Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War

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Between 1775 and 1783, some 200,000 Americans took up arms against the British Crown. Just over 6,800 of those men died in battle. About 25,000 became prisoners of war, most of them confined in New York City under conditions so atrocious that they perished by the thousands. Evidence suggests that at least 17,500 Americans may have died in these prisons—more than twice the number to die on the battlefield. It was in New York, not Boston or Philadelphia, where most Americans gave their lives for the cause of independence.

New York City became the jailhouse of the American Revolution because it was the principal base of the Crowns military operations. Beginning with the bumper crop of American captives taken during the 1776 invasion of New York, captured Americans were stuffed into a hastily assembled collection of public buildings, sugar houses, and prison ships. The prisoners were shockingly overcrowded and chronically underfed—those who escaped alive told of comrades so hungry they ate their own clothes and shoes.

Despite the extraordinary number of lives lost, Forgotten Patriots is the first-ever account of what took place in these hell-holes. The result is a unique perspective on the Revolutionary War as well as a sobering commentary on how Americans have remembered our struggle for independence—and how much we have forgotten.

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The savagery of war has increased in tandem with the sense among democratic peoples that even enemy soldiers merit civilized treatment once they are at our mercy. First U.S. and British bombers incinerated Hamburg; then allied forces housed and fed the inferno's survivors. A ferocious "shock and awe" campaign destroyed Saddam Hussein's army in 2003, yet the American public was disgusted the following... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-author of Gotham tells the forgotten story of New Yorks British prison camps—and the nearly 20,000 patriots who lost their lives there.

About the Author

Edwin G. Burrows is Distinguished Professor of History at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is the co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, which won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History, and has received awards also from the Municipal Art Society, the St. Nicholas Society, and the New York Society Library, among others. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani named him a “Centennial Historian of New York.” For the past five years Burrows has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and he serves on the board of the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Manhattan. He lives in Northport, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465008353
Author:
Burrows, Edwin
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Burrows, Edwin G.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Prisoners of war
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-
Subject:
Prisoners of war -- United States -- History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Series Volume:
The Untold Story of
Publication Date:
20101109
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 15.5 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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