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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.

3 of 5

The professor is obviously very knowledgeable and intelligent. And she knows how to deliver a great lecture. However, I find it distracting that she is so flip about these events. I appreciate some level of humor in lectures, but she goes too far with it. I am serious about wanting to better understand this period of history, but her constant snickering and cackling is very distracting. Certainly some of the founding fathers are not buffoons.