Born into a wealthy, plantation-owning family, George Washington grew up in privilege. He quickly rose in the ranks of the Continental Army until, ultimately, he became its commander in chief. Committed to the ideals of republicanism, he led the army to victory against Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, and the United States of America was born. Discover how George Washington's inspired military leadership during the Revolutionary War guaranteed his election as the first President of the United States. Having fended for themselves for nearly two generations, many citizens in America's 13 colonies resented having to pay taxes to Great Britain-a country far away across the ocean. Protest against the British government grew into rebellion; rebellion quickly turned into war. Understanding the American Revolution describes the events that led up to the fight for an independent United States of America, the battles between British and Patriot forces, and what life was like during the conflict. Book jacket.
Crabtree Publishing Company
Hero of the American Revolution