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Edwin Burrows



A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Edwin Burrows received his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1964, then came to New York to do graduate work at Columbia University with Richard Hofstadter and Eric McKitrick. He completed his Ph.D. in 1973, soon after joining the faculty of Brooklyn College. Currently, he has just finished a book about the 30,000 Americans taken prisoner by the British during the Revolutionary War. The vast majority were detained in and around New York City under conditions of almost unimaginable squalor. Sixty percent of them died of malnutrition, disease or physical abuse--almost three times as many as died in combat. Their stories offer a wealth of detail about how ordinary people experienced the Revolution. They also provide revealing insights into how the Revolution would be remembered in years to come. The book's title is Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners in the Revolutionary War (Basic Books).

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