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The American Revolution - Audio

by Joanne B. Freeman

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The American Revolution entailed some remarkable transformations--converting British colonists into American revolutionaries, and a cluster of colonies into a confederation of states with a common cause -- but it was far more complex and enduring than the fighting of a war. As John Adams put it, "The Revolution was in the Minds of the people... before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington"--and it continued long past America's victory at Yorktown. This course will examine the Revolution from this broad perspective, tracing the participants' shifting sense of themselves as British subjects, colonial settlers, revolutionaries, and Americans.

Customer Reviews


This is a really good intro course on the revolution. If you have a problem mixing up your intolerable acts and your tea taxes this will set you straight. Really wish that the discussion sessions on Wood's Radicalism were included but that is a small disappointment. The primary source info is what really makes the course enjoyable.

Time spent well.

Great lecture series

I enjoyed listening to this at work. She's a great speaker and historian, and I liked the perspective she gives.

The American Revolution by Joanne B. Freeman

This is an incredible lecture series. She doesn't just teach the course, she lives it and the interaction she has with her audience is inspiring. The interjecting of her own personal research discoveries is while she writes these lectures leaves you with more of a conversation, rather than someone quoting someone. I hope she continues the revolution with more of her insight.