2 December 2014
Similarities Across the Board; Abraham Woodhull Throughout the novel, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, Alexander Rose tells the vivid story of Abraham Woodhull, and his adventures with spying for the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington. When AMC decided to portray the role of Abraham Woodhull in their television series Turn, they did a spot on job by closely following what Rose wrote in his book, Washington’s Spies. Throughout the book there are a vast amount of similarities that almost go word for word with the book. AMC did a great job using all of the key information that was presented to him through Rose’s novel. Whether it be depicting his spy missions, displaying his life at home, or depicting Woodhull’s current emotional state, AMC’s Turn, and Alexander Rose’s Washington's Spies, are shockingly similar in the ways that they describe the situation Abraham Woodhull was in. First off, AMC’s Turn depicts the life of Abraham Woodhull almost exactly to how it was first described in, Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring. To start off, Abraham Woodhull’s story begins with him being caught, and labeled as a traitor. As Alexander Rose stated: A few months before the Newport business, Woodhull had been passing through the Sound between Connecticut and Long Island when his boat was stopped by an armed American sloop and he was taken prisoner on the grounds that he had been involved in what was euphemistically dubbed the ‘London Trade’ (Rose 72).
As it is depicted in Washington’s Spies, so it is in Turn. In the pilot episode of AMC’s Turn The Queens Ranger’s state, “Nice night for a sail Woodhull ?” (Pilot Episode) At this point Woodhull replies with, “Can I interest you gentlemen with some fine silk?” (Pilot Episode) At this point Woodhull’s dingy was stopped by the Queens Ranger’s, and Woodhull was placed in their custody. Not all of the details quite match up, like what he was selling, and his exact wording. However, AMC’s representation on what happened that night is very similar to what Rose stated. At the end of the day, Rose wrote that Woodhull was selling cabbage by ship when he was arrested by the Queen’s Rangers. In the episode of Turn Woodhull was caught selling silk illegally by ship, and was detained by the Queens Rangers as well. Overall, the way AMC depicted what happened to Woodall is an accurate representation of how Rose wrote it in Washington’s Spies. Another similarity between AMC’s Turn, and Alexander Rose’s Washington's Spies, is how the television series represents, and portrays how stressed out Woodhull is from being a spy. as Rose stated, “Apart from his success in passing on that intelligence, April was a cruel month for Woodhull. Never comfortable as a spy, the stress of his double life was stretching Woodhull’s nerves” (Rose 126). Woodhull clearly did not enjoy being a spy as much as he enjoyed life back home being a peaceful farmer. In AMC’s Turn, they depicted how truly stressed out Woodhull really was. In the episode of Turn titled Mr. Culpeper, his stressed is clearly depicted. In the episode Woodhull is minding his business while crossing the boarder to deliver some livestock. When all of the sudden, a