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John Green teaches you about the American Revolution. And the Revolutionary War. I know we’ve labored the point here, but they weren’t the same thing. In any case, John will teach you about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. Everyone is familiar with how this war played out for the Founding Fathers; they got to become the Founding Fathers. But what did the revolution mean to the common people in the United States? For white, property-owning males, it was pretty sweet. They gained rights that were a definite step up from being British Colonial citizens. For everyone else, the short-term gains were not clear. Women’s rights were unaffected, and slaves remained in slavery. As for poor white folks, they remained poor and disenfranchised. The reality is it took a long time for this whole democracy thing to get underway, and the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness weren’t immediately available to all these newly minted Americans.

5 thoughts on “Who Won the American Revolution?: Crash Course US History #7

  1. Wow, it’s great to have a history teacher teaching here. The legends have certainly jaded the truth. I posted the British view of the war a few months back; it’s an interesting take, one we never learned in history class. I’ll find the link to the post, you’ll get a kick out of it.

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  2. The information I got from the Boston Massacre was someone threw a rock in a snowball and the British fired first maybe. Not much is known for the legends now overshadow the truth. Crispus Attacks was suppose to be the first to die but it looks like he was the third. I say who cares, he died and he died for a place that was against Blacks. Attacks was Black. He was a free Black. He was a rope walker, worked on sails on the ships. Knowledge is changed everyday. What is real becomes made up and what is dreamed becomes stories that become real because they are said often. We believe in many things that may or may not be reality.

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  3. I remember reading about how they took offence when we started sniping their Red Coats. They thought it was “rude” lol
    all’s fair in love and war!

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  4. The British lost because they played by British rules which were antiquated with false notions. They thought red coats, white pants and a black hat would blend into the country side. They marched in straight lines and in the open. The colonists hid behind rocks and trees. They did tactics that bothered the British. In the beginning they played by the British rules and lost big time. But then they adopted the Indian style of tactics and became more successful. Washington crossed into Trenton on Christmas day. A no no at the time.

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