Posts Tagged ‘American Independance’

General George Washington Resigns, 2002. Mary Dwyer (b. 1959). Acrylic on Wood, 26 x 23 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, General Purchase Fund, 2001.109.

The Revolutionary War took place after the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776. Each side partook in a war that lasted until 1783. George Washington was commander-in-chief of the American forces, and Benedict Arnold was also on the confederate side of the Americans. Both of these important Generals are famous to this day, yet for very different reasons. Washington became the first President of the United States of America because of his noble actions during the war. Conversely, Arnold was unhappy with Congress’ decision to pursue charges of money-related issues against him, and also with their lack of interest in promoting him. His anger turned into his changing of sides, thus becoming a traitor of the American Revolution. (more…)

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