The Journal of the American Revolution has asked historians to explain the American Revolution in 140 characters, the length of a tweet. Here are some of the better entries:
Thomas Fleming: "The American Revolution was a complex eight year semi-civil war that was
won, in George Washington’s opinion, by divine providence."
John Ferling: "Chiefly about autonomy for economic reasons and republicanism, but for
some it was to start the world anew by spreading democracy, equality."
J.L. Bell: "The British colonial elite went all the way to war to keep things as
they were, and ended up changing far more than they ever imagined."
Jim Piecuch: "Transforming political movement accomplished by war."
Jimmy Dick: "A fateful event which changed the world, but not as many desired, and
its results were mostly from circumstances beyond anyone’s control."
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