The American Revolution

The American Revolution

The American Revolution

The American Revolution

Synopsis

"This concise reference guide includes an overview essay that traces the course of the Revolution and five essays on various aspects of the conflict. Also included are biographical sketches of 19 important historical figures and a selection of primary documents with introductions by the author. A timeline and annotated bibliography complement the text, making this the perfect starting point for student and general-reader research, and a fresh survey of the events that brought about the birth of the American republic." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

In many ways, the eighteenth century ushered in the modern age. Several of the more important historic events of that exciting century were of such significance and magnitude that their impact has influenced nearly every facet of human life. For Americans, the Great Awakening (a religious revival) and the French and Indian War (1754–1763) brought about momentous social, economic, political, and religious changes. More significantly, the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution have profoundly influenced the lives of people everywhere, often in ways unanticipated and not fully understood even today.

For its part, the American Revolution (1763–1783) gave birth to a new world republic and a philosophy based on freedom, liberty, and equality for all free people. Although historically not always implemented even in the United States (witness the ill treatment of Native Americans; the exploitation of Blacks; the social, economic, and political subordination of women; and the all-too-prevalent racism and intolerance still seen today), the philosophical concepts articulated by the revolutionary leaders have become the model for positive change for people worldwide.

Although there is an abundance of excellent, informative, thoughtprovoking studies on almost every aspect of the American Revolution, every generation should reinterpret its history to reflect its own needs and ideals. Thus this book is offered as a fresh, concise, general survey of the events that brought about the birth of the American republic and the creation of an American revolutionary philosophy. Moreover, it . . .

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