1776OVERVIEWKey FiguresContextThe Human Story of a RevolutionSet in the year of its title, 1776 explores the events leading up to the American Revolution. With an emphasis on the military events over the political side of the revolution, 1776 details at great length the triumphs and struggles of its leaders and the battles that were won and lost.March 4-5: The Battle of Dorchester HeightsThe Continental Army fortified Dorchester Heights with cannons and trenches, putting it at a strategic advantage to take Boston and causing the British army to flee.