The American Revolution : A History
by Gordon S Wood
Editor: Modern Library
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NEW YORK TIMES bestseller “An elegant synthesis made by the scholar in the field, which nicely integrates the work on the American Revolution over the past three decades, but never loses contact with the older, classic questions we have argued about more than two hundred years”–Joseph JEllis, author of Brothers Founders of A Magnificent Account of the Revolution in Arms and Conscience that gave birth to the American RepublicWhen Abraham Lincoln sought to define the importance of the United States, naturally, he looked back to the American RevolutionHe knew that the Revolution had not only legally created in the United States, but had also produced all the great hopes and values of the American people.Our highest ideals and aspirations for our commitments to freedom, constitutionalism, the welfare of ordinary people, and equality-emitted from the Revolutionary eraLincoln saw how the Revolution had convinced the Americans that they were a special people with a special destiny to lead the world to freedom.The Revolution, in short, gave rise to that same sense of nationhood and American national goals hadNo doubt, the story is a little dramatic: Thirteen insignificant colonies of three thousand kilometers from the center of Western civilization fought British domination to become, in less than three decades, a huge, sprawling, exuberant republic of nearly four million citizensBut the history of the American Revolution, like the history of the nation as a whole, must not be seen simply as a history of good and evil, from which moral lessons can be drawn.It is a complicated and sometimes ironic story system that must be explained and understood, not blindly celebrated or condemned.How does this great revolutionWhat is its characterWhat were the consequencesThese are the questions that this short story seeks to answerThat he succeeds in a deep and exciting path is a tribute to Aller
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