An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783

An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783 By William M. Fowler Jr., Most people believe the American Revolution ended in October, 1781, after the battle of Yorktown in fact the war continued for two traumatic years During that time, the Revolution came closer to being lost than at any time in the previous half dozen The British still held New York, Savannah, Wilmington, and Charleston the Royal Navy controlled the seas the statesMost people believe the American Revolution ended in October, 1781, after the battle of Yorktown in fact the war continued for two traumatic years During that time, the Revolution came closer to being lost than at any time in the previous half dozen The British still held New York, Savannah, Wilmington, and Charleston the Royal Navy controlled the seas the states despite having signed the Articles of Confederation earlier that year retained their individual sovereignty and, largely bankrupt themselves, refused to send any money in the new nation s interest members of Congress were in constant disagreement and the Continental army was on the verge of mutiny.William Fowler s An American Crisis chronicles these tumultuous and dramatic two years, from Yorktown until the British left New York in November 1783 At their heart was the remarkable speech Gen George Washington gave to his troops evcamped north of New York in Newburgh, quelling a brewing rebellion that could have overturned the nascent government.. An American Crisis George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown Most people believe the American Revolution ended in October after the battle of Yorktown in fact the war continued for two traumatic years During that time the Revolution came closer to being

  • Title: An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783
  • Author: William M. Fowler Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780802717061
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “An American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown, 1781-1783”

    1. I am always interested in the last two years of the American Revolution, but this is a prime example of the kind of American history I really hate upfront, it frames itself as a hagiography of Washington and his single handed saving of the Revolution, but uses absolutely no British sources except for the printed proceedings of Parliament Fowler s style is to use American letters and diaries to impute emotions and motives and humanize Founding Fathers, but he then does exactly the same thing to B [...]

    2. A government without income is like a car without gas you can steer the wheel any way you want but it ain t going nowhere That was the primary lesson learned by the American leaders after Yorktown and this was when the tension between states rights and the need for a central government became a battleground There were around 50 mutinies during the Revolution There was a 20 25% desertion rate Why While not all of these events can be blamed on money, a majority of them can Officers and soldiers we [...]

    3. When we think about George Washington s finest moments, most people recall the image of him desperately leading a rag tag army across the Delaware River in the winter cold Others may recall his leadership during the presidency, laying the foundation of the national government However, the one moment that distinguishes Washington from almost all other historical figures is his resignation to the Congress in 1783 after 8 long years of war, firmly establishing the principle of civilian supremacy in [...]

    4. Fascinating time in US history, fairly well written A bit hard to get into, as it s a little confusing as to who is who and it jumps around a bit in time and between continents than is easy to follow But, a fairly good read for all that.

    5. Interesting, But Not EssentialA fairly quick read, full of interesting material on a relatively unknown period, it s not quite essential reading This won t fall into the ranks of memorable works of history, mostly due to a lack of having anything specific to say, but it s not a bad read by any means Feels like it should have been of an argument about the weakness of Congress and the ambitions of the nationalist than it ended up being As for this Kindle ebook version, there are typos Names in th [...]

    6. Interesting account of the period between the last battle of the Revolution the actual departure of English troops from American soil Much of the focus is on Washington s struggles to get Congress to pay his troops his efforts to keep his officers from mutinying when Congress the states would not do so.

    7. This was a very well researched book and the details and informational back ground on the Players from both the American, British and French were simply well WOW It gave the reader the real opportunity to see into the minds and times from both sides Very well done The parts that disturbed me were the constant shabby treatment that Congress handed out to the American soldiers What is worse is that is continued on even after the war In fact the feeling that Congress treated not only their own sold [...]

    8. The American Revolution ended with the battle of Yorktown, right Or so I ve been led to believe.William Fowler s book,An American Crisisexamines the brutal and dangerous periodafterthe Battle of Yorktown Washington s army was malnourished, and underpaid The Congress didn t have the money to pay the army, and considered disbanding it before the British threat was truly eliminated Even after the disaster at Yorktown, many British soldiers wanted to the continue the fight until the battle was won.A [...]

    9. Running from Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown in October 1781 through Washington s return to Mt Vernon as a civilian at Christmas in 1783, this scholarly history offers a blow by blow narrative of George Washington s management of the Continental Army The challenge for most of this period for Washington was that hostilities were potentially but not inevitably over, and neither the Continental Congress nor the states had the will to raise adequate funds for the Army The British faced the question [...]

    10. I am a great lover of American history, especially pre Civil War But I found this book to be rather dull Although it is perhaps an important time in the birth of our nation, to call it a crisis and those times dangerous led me to expect a little action Basically after Yorktown, the war was over, except there were still British troops in America So Washington, being a good general, felt compelled to try to keep American troops stationed at the ready They were cold, unfed, and unpaid, so they wer [...]

    11. Most Americans, even those of the declining population who actually consider themselves students of their country s history, think that the Battle of Yorktown effectively ended the War of Independence against Britain Nothing could be further from the truth The years 1781 through 1783 were every bit as troubling for the fledgling country Citizens were filled with war fatigue, funding was next to impossible to secure, morale was low, and soldier desertions were commonplace This author is masterful [...]

    12. Although the book was informative about a piece of American history that is usually just glossed over, the book never really sold the drama behind the events that were unfolding The historical figures, although presented in reasonable detail, remain distant and not that well known to the reader.To be perhaps fair to the author, I am simply looking for readable and entertaining history Fowler did a fine job aligning his research and covering the topic, and I perhaps unjustly hold him accountabl [...]

    13. We probably aren t taught much about the last two years of the revolution because there were no great battles and victories what did happen we probably want to forget threatened mutinies by our troops, the officer corps extracting bonuses from congress, vicious partisan acts with the Tories But this was a crucial time when the fruits of the long war, and the nation s founding hung in the balance.

    14. A very enlightening read I wasn t aware of the hardships Washington and the nation experienced during the two years after the surrender at Yorktown It was no less than amazing that General Washington kept the army in check and together for the entire war and especially after peace was announced A wonderful book for any American History fan.

    15. An interesting account of political paralysis in the US between 1781 and 1783 and how it almost cost the country its independence A bit repetitive, and it could be objective in how it views Washington, but otherwise an interesting read.

    16. Fowler s American Crisis tells story of post Yorktown period 1781 83 GW had his hands full w mutinies and a feckless Congress Glad to know dysfunction predates today s Congress

    17. Learned a lot and really enjoyed this book I came away with even respect for George Washington and his noble character.

    18. Interesting insight into parts of the Revolutionary War era that aren t always talked about Washington and his cronies and enemies are painted with clear lines and bright colors.

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