Unit9-Discussion5 - Among historians there have generally been two main interpretations of the Revolution The first as espoused by scholars like Gordon

Unit9-Discussion5 - Among historians there have generally...

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Among historians, there have generally been two main interpretations of the Revolution. The first, as espoused by scholars like Gordon Wood, argues that the revolution is "the most important event in American history." In their view, the Revolution was a watershed moment that completely transformed American society. Meanwhile, scholars like Bernard Bailyn have argued that the ideological origins of the revolution were actually based on much older ideas, and the American Revolution thus didn't herald in a new era nor was it a transformative moment. Which interpretation of the Revolution do you find more convincing? Defend your position with support and specific evidence. In order to receive full credit, post substantive responses to at least two of your classmates posts in the discussion thread. I must say, I agree with Gordon Wood on the points he presented. Gordon Wood pointed out what was important about the American Revolution was that the ideals and beliefs that the Americans had was put to life and was able to be practiced without the say of the British. In our reading, it also states that after the Revolution we were able to open up new trade routes and build new relationships. The Revolution also allowed for Americans to be called Americans and not British, and freed them from the British.

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