The American Revolution

By George Smith
Read by George C. Scott

The United States at War

5.05 Hours 01/01/2007 unabridged
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In 1776 the thirteen American colonies, refusing to pay unjust taxes, declared their independence from Britain. The resulting years of war became known as the American Revolution, but many of the Founding Fathers believed the real American revolution was not the war with Britain but the revolution in ideas that had preceded and caused the war. From 1760 to 1775, many Americans were transformed from loyal British subjects into rebels. Together, the thirteen colonies set out to create something new: a government that derived its just authority from the consent of the governed. To understand this unparalleled event, it is necessary to examine the character and ideas of eighteenth-century Americans, such as the vision that caused them to rebel and how faithfully they followed it. The United States at War series is a collection of presentations that review the political, economic, and social tensions that have erupted in military conflict. They describe the historical context for each of the major US wars and examine how military conflict resolved, or failed to resolve, the issues that underlay them.

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In 1776 the thirteen American colonies, refusing to pay unjust taxes, declared their independence from Britain. The resulting years of war became known as the American Revolution, but many of the Founding Fathers believed the real American revolution was not the war with Britain but the revolution in ideas that had preceded and caused the war. From 1760 to 1775, many Americans were transformed from loyal British subjects into rebels. Together, the thirteen colonies set out to create something new: a government that derived its just authority from the consent of the governed.

To understand this unparalleled event, it is necessary to examine the character and ideas of eighteenth-century Americans, such as the vision that caused them to rebel and how faithfully they followed it.

The United States at War series is a collection of presentations that review the political, economic, and social tensions that have erupted in military conflict. They describe the historical context for each of the major US wars and examine how military conflict resolved, or failed to resolve, the issues that underlay them.

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by Ash Ryan 9/13/2017
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More an intellectual history than a military one---which is as it should be

Inspiring and depressing...studying the American Revolution is like learning about a completely different country. The only thing that can reverse our current decline is a return to the principles this country was founded on, as embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

There is no political solution to our problems---another term of Obama certainly won't help, but neither will any of the current Republican candidates...unless a new one who actually understands our founding principles emerges (which is extremely unlikely) and secures the Republican nomination (which is practically impossible)---because the problems are not merely political. Can you imagine any of our politicians today taking the kinds of actions the American revolutionaries did? What we need is another cultural revolution, a revolution "in the minds and hearts of the people" as John Adams put it. And that end cannot be achieved by any political measure, but only through education.

This is a good place to start. Smith focuses on the ideas that led to the revolution, and those ideas are exactly what need to be understood---and have been largely forgotten---today.

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Author Bio: George H. Smith

George H. Smith is an author, editor, educator, and speaker. His first book was the very popular Atheism: The Case against God. Smith began teaching in the 1970s and for nearly twenty years spent his summers instructing university students in political philosophy and American political and intellectual history at seminars sponsored by the Cato Institute and the Institute for Humane Studies. His many articles and book reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Reason, the New York Times, and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 5.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English