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Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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September 1776

Two Clintons oppose each other. George Clinton fights for the Americans, and Henry Clinton fights for the British. 

“About the middle of last week it was determined, for many reasons to evacuate the City of New York,” George Clinton writes about General Washington’s orders to leave the island of Manhattan.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge arrive on Staten Island to meet with Gen. Howe, who does not acknowledge U.S. independence and only offers for the rebels to put down their arms and await the generosity of the British government. Franklin, Adams, and Rutledge refuse Howe’s offer. 

“He [Howe] offered peace only on the condition that the colonies should return to their allegiance and obedience to the British crown,” John Marshall later writes.

Sept. 16, 1776 
“They were opposed with spirit,” American George Clinton writes about the four-hour skirmish at Harlem Heights. Even though the redcoats outnumber them two to one, the Continentals push back the British three times. 

“I consider our success in this small affair, [at Harlem] at this time, almost equal to a victory. It has animated our troops, gave them new spirits, and erased every bad impression the retreat from Long Island, &c., had left on their minds.”

Sept. 22, 1776
Nathan Hale becomes the first American spy to be captured and hung by the British. “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” Hale says. Today the CIA honors Hale through a statue at the their headquarters.


Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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Jane Hampton Cook's TV segments relating to the American Revolution

How past presidents rallied in the face of adversity Threats of terrorism loomed large over Independence Day in 2015. How did past presidents such as James Madison handle threats? Jane reveals the subject of her upcoming book as she discusses this topic with Uma Pemmaraju on the Fox News Channel.

Jane puts AMC's Turn into "Context"