The book 1776 by David McCullough is a nonfiction account of a crucial year in the history of the United States, a date usually identified as the key year in the American Revolution and founding of the United States; it was the year in which the Declaration of Independence was issued on 4 July. Some of the most important historical figures treated in the book are:
King George III of England opposed American independence, even though Parliament and most of the British people were in favor of letting the colonies have partial independence or some form of self-determination.
George Washington was a leading general who eventually became the first President of the newly formed United States.
Nathanael Greene was a leading general of the Continental Army (the revolutionary force). His Southern Campaign, and defeats in battle of the British general Charles Cornwallis, made important contributions to the eventual revolutionary victory.
Henry Knox was the chief artillery officer of the Continental Army and worked closely with Washington. He was involved in manufacturing artillery and setting up training in artillery for soldiers in the revolutionary forces.
William Howe was Commander-in-Chief of British forces and responsible for several major British victories in the early stages of the war.