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    Benedict Arnold: soldier, patriot, and traitor. The most famous traitor in American history, Benedict Arnold was born on January 14, 1741 in Norwich, Connecticut. He had joined the Connecticut militia to fight in the French and Indian war in the 1750s, but had deserted. His mother died when he was 18, and his father became an alcoholic. Benedict worked hard to support his family, after his father's shipping business began to fail. He was extremely amibtious, arrogant, and talented.
    Benedict built a successful shipping business himself, and was a staunch supporter of the American cause at the outset of the Revolutionary War. He helped Ethan Allen capture Fort Ticonderoga, he was instrumental in the American victory at Saratoga, but he was becoming dissatisfied. He was upset that the Continental Congress was not giving him the recognition he felt he deserved. He was made Military Governor of Philadelphia after the British evacuated that city, and he began to socialize with known Tories. Tories were people who supported the British army, and many of Arnold's subordinates were curious about his close friendship with them. Arnold married the daughter of one of these Tories, a woman named Peggy Shippen, and together, she and Arnold hatched a plan that would make Arnold rich, by betraying America.
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Plot & Themes

War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Led as soldier    -   Spying for secrets War/Spying    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1700's Which war?    -   Revolutiony War (US)

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   18th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   mostly dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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