The American Revolution

Joanne Freeman
Yale

Course Description

The American Revolution entailed some remarkable transformations--converting British colonists into American revolutionaries, and a cluster of colonies into a confederation of states with a common cause--but it was far more complex and enduring then the fighting of a war. As John Adams put it, "The Revolution was in the Minds of the people... before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington"--and it continued long past America's victory at Yorktown. This course will examine the Revolution from this broad perspective, tracing the participants' shifting sense of themselves as British subjects, colonial settlers, revolutionaries, and Americans.

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The American Revolution: Being a British Colonist (Lecture 2 of 25)

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The American Revolution: Being a British American (Lecture 3 of 25)

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The American Revolution: Being a Revolutionary (Lecture 7 of 25)

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The American Revolution: The Logic of Resistance (Lecture 8 of 25)

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The American Revolution: Who Were the Loyalists? (Lecture 9 of 25)

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The American Revolution: Common Sense (Lecture 10 of 25)

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