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American Revolution

by Yale University

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Course Description

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 then 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.

This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2010.

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Well worth my time

Engaging, informative lectures well worth your time.

Stop laughing

The subject matter was interesting and at times the course was fun to listen to, but the instructor constantly laughed at her own jokes. It was as if she'd never taught this class before and was amazed with how silly and nonsensical people were during the Revolution. It diminished the relevance of these people by turning them into constant jokes. It wasn't a silly time, these people weren't jokes, unfortunately the instructor turned this class into one.

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