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If one says “American Revolution” in the United States today, it is assumed that what is being...
The image is so clear in our minds, seen first in elementary school and reinforced countless times since: a few dozen...
Glossary Term – Event
Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, promoting independence for the colonies, was published. It sold more than 100,000 copies in three months.
New York University historian Nicole Eustace discusses the “tempest of emotion” that swept through the Age of Reason, epitomized by the earliest call for a full break between the American colonies and Great Britain, Thomas Paine’s passionate Common Sense.
The image is so clear in our minds, seen first in elementary school and reinforced...
Many students misconstrue the American Revolution as a period of unanimous support for independence from Great Britain. However, colonists generally considered themselves loyal British citizens, asserting rightful constitutional claims that had been previously established through their colonial charters or contracts. After the French and Indian War ended in 1763, many colonies saw their right of self-rule stripped away by Parliament as it exerted greater authority over its empire. In reaction to this attempt to...