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The Struggle for American Independence: Crossing the Delaware

Tenth Amendment Center: The Struggle for American Independence: Crossing the Delaware

In this episode, I cover the deeds of Charles Lee, who began a grand letter-writing campaign in an attempt to undermine the military conduct of George Washington and convince Congress to replace the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army with himself at the tail end of 1776. I also discuss Washington’s use of military intelligence, and his bold strike at Trenton, which became his finest moment up to that point. In the aftermath of the Battle of Trenton, I also comment on Washington’s follow-up attack at Princeton, where a British detachment was defeated. The episode culminates with coverage of Thomas Paine’s series of pro-patriot pamphlets in late 1776, The American Crisis.


Other Recommended Readings

David McCullough, 1776

Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty

Thomas Paine: The American Crisis

Don Higginbotham, George Washington and the American Military Tradition

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 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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