“Make America Great Again”–Part Three

Every hear of the Seven Years War or how about the French and Indian War?  Actually they were the same war just from different angles.

History is a good subject……and many readers are into history……plus the editor is also a history nerd….this is an excellent series for those that enjoy learning American history.

Below is the third installment of the “American History for Truthdiggers” series, a pull-no-punches appraisal of our shared, if flawed, past. The author of the series, Danny Sjursen, an active-duty major in the U.S. Army, served military tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and taught the nation’s checkered, often inspiring past when he was an assistant professor of history at West Point. His wartime experiences, his scholarship, his skill as a writer and his patriotism illuminate these Truthdig posts.

If Americans have heard of the Seven Years’ War—a truly global struggle—it is most certainly under the title “The French and Indian War” (1754-1763). Popular images of the conflict are likely to stem from the 1992 movie “The Last of the Mohicans,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis. When Americans think of this war at all, or discuss it in school, they generally situate the central theater of the conflict in the northeast of North America. Yes, the savage Indians and their deceitful French allies were beaten back along the wooded frontier, allowing pacific English—soon to be American—farmers to live in peace. Ending in 1763, and saddling Britain with debt, the French and Indian War is often remembered as but a prelude to a coming colonial revolt over excessive taxation. Perhaps it was, but not in a direct, linear sense. Nothing historical is preordained. Chance and contingency ensure as much.


On a side note…..there are some that think George Washington while serving n a militia attacked a French diplomatic mission killing the ambassador was the start of the French and Indian War ( Seven Year War)…..

Hope you enjoy the series….

There will be no history posts over the weekend but will return on Monday…..

Class Dismissed!

4 thoughts on ““Make America Great Again”–Part Three

  1. This is a good series. Wolfe was still be hailed as a hero when I was at school. I have a book, ‘With Wolfe In Canada’, given to me as an essay prize. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Good writing. Interesting that he referred to the end of the Seven Years War as the establishment of an American Empire. I think of an empire as several states rules by one state which acquired them. The civil war supposedly settled that and made us one county. Never have been sure that was true.

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