History Now 34 (Winter 2012)

The Revolutionary Age

From the Editor

“The happiness of America is intimately tied to the happiness of all humanity,” the young Marquis de Lafayette wrote in 1777. His comment suggests the immediate and the long-range impact of a revolution that was one of the first successful wars of colonial liberation and that established the first modern republic. Soon after the creation of the United States, revolutions would break out in France and in Haiti. And, in the centuries that followed, the desire for liberation from colonial powers would lead to revolutions, and to independence...More »