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Jacob McMahon2/25/2019Hist-1301-712Historical Debate Assignment 1A failure of a nation follows a pattern of stripping the rights of its citizens. In the colonies case, they noticed the failure of Britain due to the oppression imposed by a king who was thousands of miles away by his rules of taxation and under-representation in parliament. Through this pattern, the colonist through its patriots decided to have a revolution. Although we do not know everybody's personal reason for participating in the revolution, we do have the opinions of two writers and there perceptive of the time. First in the discussion is Gordon S Wood, who wrote “Radical Possibilities of the American Revolution”. Second is Gary B Nash, who wrote “The Radical Revolution from the “Bottom Up”.By each of their titles, the reader can conclude that both writers believe that radicalism was used to kick start the American Revolution, but each writer has their own way of describing the ways that radicalism was used. In our first essay by Gordon Wood, he viewed hierarchy and how it was a problem for the American way of life. In understanding that people were placed in positions of power, not due to their own merit, but family ties. In this system, the pre-revolution government placed “courtiers” or political leaders whose rank was appointed to them by the monarch. This often left a person who was not qualified to be in these leadership positions thus led to problematic rules for the disenfranchised.

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