America's Independance: Revolutionary War
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This Scoop It explains the different struggles and trials of survivors of the Revolutionary War.
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Loaded Revolutionary War Cannon Found in New York

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This could have caused a major blast from the past. Workers cleaning a cannon, last fired more than 200 years ago, were shocked to find Friday that it was still loaded with gunpowder, wadding and a cannonball.
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"Loaded Revolutionary War Cannon Found in New York" is a news article that exhibits survivors from the Revolutionary War, even in a modern environment while using bits of rhetoric. It is explained that preservation workers were removing dust from the cannon, when they discovered that the cannon was still active. “Dena Libner, a spokeswoman for the Central Park Conservancy, said the workers found the munitions after removing a concrete plug from the mouth of the cannon. Workers immediately called 911, and technicians determined that the gunpowder was still active” ("Loaded Revolutionary War Cannon Found in New York"). By showing how a Revolutionary cannon from over 200 years ago can still be armed and ready to fire, this exhibits that people from that time were great survivors. If old technology from 200 years ago could stay armed for that long, it shows how the people from back then can make equipment that will harbour their survival for a long period of time. There is not a huge amount of rhetoric displayed, however, there are a few examples that do a great job in sharpening the piece. One specific example is when an analogy is made explaining the shock value of finding the cannon loaded. “The preservation workers from New York’s Central Park Conservancy were removing rust from the antique cannon, which once fired munitions aboard the British warship HMS Hussar, when they made the explosive discovery...” ("Loaded Revolutionary War Cannon Found in New York").  The author wanted to make a pun while using an analogy at the same time. By saying this is an explosive discovery, it enhances the picture in the reader’s brain of what it would be like to find the cannon loaded.

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Revolutionary War — Central Intelligence Agency

Revolutionary War — Central Intelligence Agency | America's Independance: Revolutionary War | Scoop.it
The fight for American independence is a story of patriots and acts of great sacrifice. Even some of the most famous heroes have even more to their historic contributions than most people realize.
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 “Revolutionary War” gives readers an idea about what life in the Revolutionary War was like by including biographies of three specific survivors in a first person point of view, and it uses rhetoric to enhance the effect. This article has a unique feel to it mainly because of the first person view it is written in. The advantage of the first person view is that the reader can get a feel for how each specific person could have viewed the events in their life. Another advantage is that you can tell how the Revolutionary War survivors did survive. A specific example is when George Washington explains that he has worked in intelligence. “I had a passion for intelligence gathering and I recruited the best people to spy for us. I instructed this group on the techniques of spying (or tradecraft as it is called today), the use of cover stories to protect themselves, and the sending of messages in code” ("Revolutionary War"). By staying under the radar of the British, George was able to help his whole country survive by providing information about the British that could be used to the American’s advantage. This shows the reader George's contributions to America's survival. Also, the Rhetoric used in this article helps the reader get a more in depth feeling for how life was. Once specific example is when the article explains George Washington’s school situation. “I had little formal schooling, but I had a desire to learn so I studied numerous subjects. It was hard, but I knew I had to do it” ("Revolutionary War"). The author wanted to emphasize the fact that even though George Washington didn’t have much formal schooling, he was determined to learn, and studied on his own.

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American Revolution

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In the American Revolution (1775-83), also known as the American Revolutionary War or the U.S.
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"American Revolution" is an article that uses historical events to give readers background information about the war, and rhetoric is used throughout the article to help emphasize certian points. This articles main objective is to explain and summarize the events of the Revolutionary war, so the reader is able to get background information about the war. Even though this is mainly a summary, there are some sections in the article that exhibt how the Americans survived their encounter with the British. One specific example is how the American general, Nathanael Greene,  led his American troops, and forced the British general, Edward Cornwallis, out of Virginia's Yorktown Peninsula. "By the fall of 1781, Greene's American forces had managed to force Cornwallis and his men to withdraw to Virginia's Yorktown peninsula, near where the York River empties into Chesapeake Bay" ("American Revolution"). By showing Greene's ability to fight, and take back what is his, this shows that Nathanael Greene is an astonishing example of a survivor. Along with the summarizations, there is some parallelism used. One example is when the article lists the different colonial delegates who gathered together to voice the grievances the British have committed against the Americans. "In response, a group of colonial delegates (including George Washington of Virginia, John and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, Patrick Henry of Virginia and John Jay of New York) met in Philadelphia in September 1774 to give voice to their grievances against the British crown" ("American Revolution"). The author includes a list of the delegates to give the reader a full understand of all the people who participated in the gathering of delegates.

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The American Revolutionary War - American History for Kids!

The American Revolutionary War - American History for Kids! | America's Independance: Revolutionary War | Scoop.it
American Revolution for kids
- why did Americans want to be independent of England? How did they win the war?
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"The American Revolutionary War- American History for Kids!" includes simple, but relevant details about the Revolutionary War, while using simple rhetoric. The author's main purpose in this article is to inform elementary school age children about the events of the Revolutionary War, while using simple vocabulary so the intended audience does not get confused. Even though this is a children's article, there are still great examples of how a person can survive a situation. For example, the article mentions when Benjamin Franklin managed to get help from the French Army. "At this point, Benjamin Franklin went to Paris and succeeded in getting the French king to send help" ("The American Revolutionary War- American History for Kids!"). By not having an ego, and not being afraid to ask for help, Benjamin Franklin helps the colonial Americans to survive by getting help from an outside source. The author's purpose in mentioning this is to show Benjamin Franklin's ability to use the resources around him to help his nation survive. As mentioned earlier, since this is a children's article, there are only simple uses of rhetoric. One specific example is when the article lists the items the Americans Boycotted from the British. “...they would not buy their tea, clothes, glass, paper, and so on” ("The American Revolutionary War- American History for Kids!"). The author is emphasizing all the different types of goods from the British the Americans boycotted. This helps the reader think about what life would be life without those goods.

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History of Lake Champlain: Revolutionary War

History of Lake Champlain: Revolutionary War | America's Independance: Revolutionary War | Scoop.it
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While using a few examples of rhetoric, "History of Lake Champlain: Revolutionary War" gives the reader excellent background information about the Revolutionary War. Because of the informative and educational feel to the article, the reader can tell that the purpose in this article is to inform the public on the ties that the Revolutionary War had with Lake Champlain. Also, this article has a few examples of how a person can be a survivor through such a tragic war. A specific example is when the Americans take their first offensive action against the British after the battle at Lexington and Concord. "On May 10, 1775, three weeks after the engagements at Lexington and Concord, the Americans undertook their first offensive action against the British on Lake Champlain" ("History of Lake Champlain"). When a person thinks of a survivor, they generally just think of one person who has lived through a tragic event. This doesn’t always have to be the case. A survivor can be a specific group of people, such as an organization standing up for something, or in this case, a country. The survivor in this case is America. After being attacked by the British at Lexington and Concord, the Americans decided to fight back, and stand up for themselves. Rhetoric is also an aspect of this article. The rhetoric in this article helps the reader get a better understanding of the American’s feelings toward the British. One specific example talks about the taxes the British gave to the Americans. “The colonists viewed the increased taxes, perceived limitations of rights, and trade duties levied by their absentee government as tyranny...” ("History of Lake Champlain"). The author wanted to exhibit the disappointment and frustration the colonial Americans had with their government at the time. This was achieved by listing the different taxes the Americans had to pay, and explaining how they viewed it as “tyranny”.



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A Revolutionary War General Escapes History's Margins

A Revolutionary War General Escapes History's Margins | America's Independance: Revolutionary War | Scoop.it
On Sunday. more than 150 people gathered at Trinity Cemetery to celebrate the installation of a plaque commemorating Gen.
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"A Revolutionary War General Escapes History's Margins" does an excellent job in exhibiting a certain aspect of the civil war, while using rhetoric at the same time. The New York Times article explains that there are certain people from the Revolutionary War that are not necessarily remembered all that well, but were considered excellent survivors in history. It specifically mentions General Horatio Gates, who was the general in charge of the American forces at the Battle of Saratoga. While the Americans were defeated at Saratoga, his war strategy help the Americans survive when the British failed in attacking the Americans. "Some of the officers serving under Gates — including Benedict Arnold — urged an immediate counterattack, but he called for restraint and told them to wait for a British offensive. Sure enough, a British attack failed, allowing American forces to encircle and defeat the British on Oct. 7" ("Revolutionary War General") By exhibiting an excellent sense of patience and cognitive ability, he was able to help the whole Continental American army to survive. Along with an intriguing storyline to follow, the article does an excellent job in using rhetoric, making the article come alive. A majority of the rhetoric used is analogies. One specific analogy used is a comparison of the number of American troops to British troops. "Within a month of taking control, his force grew to be equal in size to that of the British" ("Revolutionary War General"). By making a comparison to the British army, the author is able to show that the colonial army in almost as big as the British army, and that the battle was evenly matched.

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