The Radicalism Of The American Revolution

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Though arguably less bloody than its French counterpart, the American Revolution was nevertheless a radical and transformative event in its own right. Putting aside the stereotypical view of the Revolution as a singular affair in which Colonists fought against the oppressive tyranny of its motherland, America’s fight for independence was in actuality a long and arduous engagement that changed the social, political, and economical face of individual and country alike. In his Pulitzer prize-winning work, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Gordon Wood argues that the Revolution was unique in its emphasis on individual rights and its staunch resistance to the monarchical status quo. This essay will attempt to offer a critical review of
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