The Chains enslaving the Prisoners of War
Laurie Halse Anderson chose this source because it describes the predicament of the American slaves and soldiers that were captured by the Britians. The letter says "The distress of the prisoners cannot be communicated in words. Twenty or thirty die every day; they lie in heaps unburied; what number of my countrymen have died by cold and hunger, perished for want of the common necessities of life! I have seen it! This, sir, is the boasted British clemency!" which completely fits what Anderson writes in chapter 37, "He was shaking so badly he could barely stand, his eyes half-closed, teeth chattering. He had no blankets and there were puke stains on the front of his shirt... He did not hear me, or could not. He was insensible of his own name and where he was." Both of these sentences show how the prisoners were treated, and for no other reason than for the need for freedom. These pieces of text summarize and solidify the price those people were willing to pay for their freedom, and the bravery of each and every one of them. This picture also portrays that idea by showing the sick, wounded, and dead lying all around the room. There is not just one race or people but slaves and soldiers alike, who fought for freedom and payed the ultimate price.