Momentum, Meaning and Myth

America's first winter looked like it's last. The spirit of the Declaration of Independence, less then six months old, was still fresh. But the Revolution was going very poorly. General Washington had already lost nine out of ten troops. Powerful British forces had overtaken New York, cutting a wedge in the middle of the former colonies. Retreat across the Delaware River was the only option as the British set their sights on Philadelphia. [Read more...]

Joel Rose, Producer and Editor
Viet Le, Rachael Berenguer and Jennifer Lynn, Associate Producers
Elisabeth Perez-Luna, Executive Producer
Kenneth Finkel, Executive Director, Arts & Culture Service

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Marking Pennsylvania History

ExplorePAHistory.comWashington's Crossing
The War for American Independence was faltering in the winter of 1776. The rebel army suffered defeat after defeat, until General George Washington reinvigorated the cause by crossing the Delaware River on Christmas Night, and capturing the city of Trenton. WHYY's Viet Le reports that what we know about that historic night is less than you might expect. [Listen]

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