The Crisis and Its Connection to The Crossing

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Being closely related, The Crisis and The Crossing symbolize the struggles of the American armies during the revolutionary war. The quotation from The Crisis which represents this topic is: "I am as confident, as I am that God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion. Wars, without ceasing, will break out till that period arrives, and the continent must in the end be conqueror; for though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire." The Crisis, Pg. 109 - 1st column. I chose to use this quotation to represent the similarities between the two pieces was because its meaning occurred many times in The Crossing.

This quotation represents the struggles of Washington's army throughout the revolutionary war. Although they were never able to win many battles, the "spirit of revolution" was in the soldiers throughout the entire time.

At a time when all the soldiers were thought to have lost there will and determination, they still had desire for self rule which drive them defeat the Hessian soldiers.

Until the very end of the movie, Washington's army was in retreat. Before the Battle of Trenton, they were continuously retreating after entering every battle. Because of the fear of dying and maybe because of more reasons, many of Washington's men left, leaving him with less experienced, less able men. Although the remaining men had experienced all of these hardships, their "flames of liberty" kept strong, allowing them to continue their day to day marching and sometimes day to day fighting. On several occasions in The Crossing, Washington said "these men would follow me into hell if I were to go there."

The other meaning that this quotation entails is the fact that, at the time,