I continue my posting the series on the History of the US written by a military historian……Below is the fifth 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.
Part 5 of “American History for Truthdiggers.”
“The war [of independence] was not just about home rule, but about who would rule at home.”
—Historian Carl Becker
What sort of revolution was it? Radical or conservative? Military or social? Earnestly democratic or hypocritical farce?
Perhaps a bit of them all. What it most certainly was not was what is presented in the comfortable, patriotic, grade-school yarn to which we’ve all grown accustomed. Yet, neither was it something out of a fable of white privilege that can be dismissed outright.
I did a bunch of research on the colonies during the early years especially 1770-1799….this Series Part is about some of those years and is an interesting read…hope you guys agree…..
Let history ring loud.