Academic journal article Military Review

What They Didn't Teach You about the American Revolution

Academic journal article Military Review

What They Didn't Teach You about the American Revolution

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WHAT THEY DIDN'T TEACH YOU ABOUT THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Mike Wright Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 1999, 343 pages, $19.96.

There is an American History class going on now at Alma-Mater School in Anywhere, USA. The students will spend a week on the American Revolution. During that week they will learn that George Washington commanded the American Forces; Paul Revere knew how to ride and make a lot of noise; the Army spent a cold winter at Valley Forge; the Army spent one Christmas Eve attacking the British somewhere; Betsy Ross might have or might not have made the first flag; and the war ended at Yorktown.

These facts summarize what the kids will remember, but history must be more than names, dates and places. Revolution was caused by and happened to people. What did they do? How did they feel? Who else was involved? Why was that location chosen? What happened next? Why?

Along comes Mike Wright. …

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