New York University historian Nicole Eustace discusses the “tempest of emotion” that swept through the Age of Reason, epitomized by the earliest call for a full break between the American colonies and Great Britain, Thomas Paine’s passionate Common Sense.
Was colonial America a democratic society?
Were the colonists justified in resisting British policies after the French and Indian War (1754–1763)?
Were the origins of the American Revolution primarily economic or ideological?
Were the colonists’ responses to the Stamp Act (1765) justified?
How did the Stamp Act Congress pave the road for American independence?
Is violence a sound strategy to bring about significant political and social change? (Case studies to help examine this question...
Many students misconstrue the American Revolution as a period of unanimous support for independence from Great Britain. However, colonists generally considered themselves loyal British citizens, asserting rightful constitutional claims that had been previously established through their colonial charters or contracts. After the French and Indian War ended in 1763, many colonies saw their right of self-rule stripped away by Parliament as it exerted greater authority over its empire. In reaction to this attempt to...