By Gordon S. Wood. ISBN 978-0-8129-7041-8. Copyright 2002 Softcover with 190 pages including bibliographic notes and index.
The history of the American Revolution, like the history of the nation as a whole, ought not to be viewed simply as a story of right and wrong from which moral lessons are to be drawn. No doubt the story is a dramatic one: Thirteen insignificant British colonies huddled along a narrow strip of the Atlantic coast three thousand miles from the centers of Western civilization becoming in fewer than three decades, a huge, sprawling, republic of nearly four million expansion-minded, evangelical, and money-hungry citizens is a spectacular tale, to say the least. The Revolution, like the whole of American history, is not a simple morality play it is a complicated and often ironic story that needs to be explained and understood, not celebrated or condemned. How the Revolution came about, what its character was, and what its consequences were, not whether it was good or bad, are the questions this brief history seeks to answer.
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