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In 1764, Britain imposed the first of several taxes with the Sugar Act. This was followed by the Stamp Act and the Townshend Revenue Act. In 1773, the Seven Years War with France had made Britain the greatest power on earth. But the war had doubled her national debt; interest payments alone consumed 5/8ths of Britain's annual budget. To ease this burden, Britain made a fateful blunder: she decided to impose and enforce taxes upon the American colonies. In 1776, the 13 American colonies, refusing to pay unjust taxes, declared their independence from Britain. The resulting years of war are called the American Revolution.

On October 19, 1781, Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown. The 13 colonies had won the war. The colonies would now become the United States of America; but their conflicts with Britain were not over. Together, the 13 colonies set out to create something new under the sun: a government that derived its just authority from the consent of the governed.

To understand this unparalleled event, it is necessary to explore the character and ideas of the 18th Century Americans. Many founding fathers believed the real American Revolution was not war with Britain, but the revolution in ideas that preceded and caused the war. From 1760 to 1775, in the course of 15 years, many Americans were transformed from loyal subjects into rebels against Britain. What vision caused them to rebel? How faithfully did they follow it?

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  • parisiangrrl
  • 04-11-2020

Expanded understanding of why America was founded

I just finished both part 1 & part 2 and certainly benefited from reading them together. Part 1 focuses heavily on the ideas, circumstances and reasoning that led to the revolution before going into the rebellious riots and actions that precluded the actual war.

Personally, I feel that both of these books (especially part 1) significantly assisted me in better understanding of how & why my country was founded and of the people and ideas that founded it. I feel part 1 gave context to the values of our country today and made me a more I formed citizen.

NOTE: Part 2 is the war itself and therefore focuses more on the battles and events. (Including this note because of the surprising number of complaints that part 1 didn't talk about the war).

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  • Timoteo
  • 03-07-2021

The ideological origins of the Revolution

Part I of this product covers the revolution in ideas from 1760 to 1775. Excellent narration by a full cast. I always listen dot this on 4th of July weekend, to remember the basis on which our ancestors sought independence. What was the American revolution about? John Adams said: "The wahr? That was no paht of the revolution." The revolution occurred in the minds of men in America from 1760 to 1775. To the colonists, "revolution" meant a circular action of going BACK to fundamental conceptions of freedom, government, law, and mankind, from which the English crown and Parliament had strayed. Americans knew that they did not receive their rights from government. Alexander Hamilton said: "The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged-for among old parchments or musty records, but are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power."

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  • GrimLockz
  • 13-01-2021

Learn it!

A great summary of why we The People are able to enjoy life, accumulate property, and reasonably do as our hearts contend. I recommend it highly for a great initial dive into American history!

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  • Robert Bross
  • 02-01-2021

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Part One of "The American Revolution", (having not read Part Two yet), is a broad but superb rendition of the genesis of the Revolution dating back to the beginning of the 16th century.
The narrative gives a thorough description of the causes leading up to the Revolution, heavily dosed with first person accounts, beliefs and biases during a tumultuous and momentous time in American history.
George C. Scott's narration is impeccable . Fans of Scott will love the familiar sound of the voice of an actor that has been enjoyed and respected for decades. Those not familiar with Scott (??) will be riveted by the gravitas of his narration.
The voices depicting the contemporaneous and documented quotes of prominent persons involved in those historic times are also superb.
Overall, a concise but extremely informative depiction of the dawn of the creation of our republic, with an outstanding narration, making for a thoroughly enjoyable listening.

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  • Daniel
  • 11-03-2010

Not quite what I expected.

This has almost zero history of the actual war that borne the revolution. Sure the stage for revolution was set but it would be for naught if not for the mighty warriors.

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