Introduction: Freeman's Top Five Tips for Studying the Revolution - Being a British Colonist - Being a British American - Outraged Colonials: The Stamp Act Crisis - Resistance or Rebellion? (Or, What the Heck is Happening in Boston?) - Being a Revolutionary - The Logic of Resistance - Who Were the Loyalists? - Common Sense - Independence - Civil War - Organizing a War - Heroes and Villains - Citizens and Choices: Experiencing the Revolution in New Haven - The Importance of George Washington - The Logic of a Campaign (or, How in the World Did We Win?) - Fighting the Revolution: The Big Picture - War and Society - Confederation - A Union Without Power - The Road to a Constitutional Convention - Creating a Constitution - Creating a Nation - Being an American: The Legacy of the Revolution
The American Revolution (HIST 116)
In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses four difficulties that the Continental Congress faced in organizing the colonial war effort regionalism, localism, the supply shortage that the Continental Army faced in providing for its troops, and the Continental Congresss inexperience in organizing an army. The lecture concludes with a discussion of a Connecticut newspaper from July 1776.
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This course was recorded in Spring 2010.