The History of the Revolutionary War

The History of the Revolutionary War

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The American Revolutionary War has inspired bestselling books, iconic paintings, and hit Broadway musicals. More than 250 years after the “shot heard around the world” was fired in Concord, questions about our past continue to enthrall us.

Why did a group of once-loyal British Americans come to view independence as urgently important? How did Great Britain so alienate its colonists? And how did those colonists—divided

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The American Revolutionary War has inspired bestselling books, iconic paintings, and hit Broadway musicals. More than 250 years after the “shot heard around the world” was fired in Concord, questions about our past continue to enthrall us.

Why did a group of once-loyal British Americans come to view independence as urgently important? How did Great Britain so alienate its colonists? And how did those colonists—divided along the lines of region, religion, race, ethnicity, and social status—manage to wage and win a war against the world’s greatest superpower?

Every American knows and loves the underdog story of our nation’s founding. But how revolutionary was the American Revolution?

In 18 energetic lectures, West Point history professor Rob McDonald gets you to look past the politics and battle tactics to the underlying ideas that sparked the Revolution. For the first time, you’ll come to see it as far more than a war for independence.

A fluid and animated speaker, Prof. McDonald peppers his lectures with stories of the Revolution’s most colorful characters. You already know George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and John and Abigail Adams. Now you’ll meet a cast of unsung heroes, including the members of Connecticut’s all-female “Petticoat Army,” the Jewish immigrant who bankrolled the Continental Army, and the 80-year-old veteran of two wars, Samuel Whittemore.

Join Prof. McDonald for a fresh and exciting take on the classic story at the heart of the United States of America.

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  • How Revolutionary?
  • Thirteen Clocks
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Great Awakening
  • The French and Indian War
  • The Stamp Act Crisis
  • The Townshend Acts and Boston Massacre
  • The Boston Tea Party and Intolerable Acts
  • Path to War
  • War Begins
  • Common Sense
  • Pens and Swords
  • War in the North
  • The War Turned Upside-Down
  • Freedom and Slavery
  • Republican Experiments
  • Crisis and the Constitution
  • Remembering the Revolution
Professor Robert M. S. McDonald is an expert on the American Revolution and the Early American Republic. Holding graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Prof. McDonald has taught history at the United States Military Academy at West Point for more than twenty years. He is the author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time (2016), and the editor of a number of books, including Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biographers and the Battle for History (2019), Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés (2013), Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (2012), and Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (2004). Praise for Robert McDonald “Rob McDonald is a superb historian of the era of the American Revolution and Early Republic. Rob’s scholarship has enriched our understanding of the Revolution’s significance in American and world history. He is a leading authority on the Declaration of Independence and the leading authority Thomas Jefferson’s changing reputation in his own lifetime.” – Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia

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