“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in the winter of 1776. In five months, the optimism of the Declaration of Independence had been replaced by the despair of Valley Forge, when Washington’s army dwindled from 20,000 to just 5,000 men. Dr. Fears tells the story of how George Washington rescued the nearly stillborn rebellion and ultimately won America’s freedom.

Primary Sources:

The American Crisis, by Thomas Paine: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_American_Crisis

Washington Crossing the Delaware, by Emanuel Leutze:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze,_MMA-NYC,_1851.jpg

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