Revolutionary War Fire-Chains


Laurie Halse Anderson chose the New York Mercury Newspaper for this section of her book because she wanted to show how the town felt when the fire burned it down. In addition, the author states, “Fiery shingles floated from the roof and caught in the branches of the tree outside my window, setting the bark ablaze. A burning leaf drifted to the sill. I quickly brushed it off, my hands quivering.” This shows that the town was being burned, and that is wasn’t a small fire. For example, the author states, “Near five hundred homes were destroyed that night, plus shops, churches, and stables. Thousands of people were homeless, without even a change of underclothes or clean stockings. Many did not eat meat for weeks on account of the death smell that poisoned the air. The job of finding bodies was so gruesome it caused grown men to scream out loud.” This shows the aftermath of the fire. This shows that the author used this source for this section of her book by showing that the town was being burned, and showing how hard of a time everybody was having, while recovering.

In this picture, New York is being burned by Great Britain. It shows the town while it is being burned, and how bad the damage was to the town.

By: Kelsey Resa

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