In which John Green teaches you about the American Revolution. And the Revolutionary War. I know we've labored the point here, but they weren't the same thing. In any case, John will teach you about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. Everyone is familiar with how this war played out for the Founding Fathers; they got to become the Founding Fathers. But what did the revolution mean to the common people in the United States? For white, property-owning males, it was pretty sweet. They gained rights that were a definite step up from being British Colonial citizens. For everyone else, the short-term gains were not clear. Women's rights were unaffected, and slaves remained in slavery. As for poor white folks, they remained poor and disenfranchised. The reality is it took a long time for this whole democracy thing to get underway, and the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness weren't immediately available to all these newly minted Americans.
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Hey teachers and students - Check out CommonLit's free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode.The Declaration of Independence not only initiated America's Revolutionary War, but laid the groundwork for some core principles of the new country: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/the-declaration-of-independence
Many of the ideas in the Declaration of Independence came from political theorist John Locke's Political Society: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/political-society
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For people doing it in class
1:20 When The American Revolution Began What was main
Things the colonists had to do to win?
2:15 What was the most important battles fought in the Northern half of the American Revolution? What happened to France in the future because of all the help they gave us
2:40 what was the key battle fought in the southern half of the American Revolution
4:00 Who did the majority of slaves fight for during the American Revolution why
5:30 List three groups of people who where somewhat left out of the (liberty, equal.
6:30 how did the American Revolution begin a world wide shift in the idea of equality what began to change about the idea of success and happiness and a person future as a result of the American revolution
John Green is about as misleading as his last name. Judging by his last name you would think he was green. However, in reality only his shirt is green. Also you expect to see a video that you can understand but in reality he speaks like a speed demon and you can't understand him.
Throughout crash course their tends to be a theme of making white men the butt of jokes and historical derision. Some of the comments made, if applied to other groups would be rejected as racist and inappropriate.
The snarky "pasty white guy" comments to refer to English in tbis episode are not entertaining, funny, or warrented. CC has great content but you need to treat all people in the collective narrative with respect and dignity.
I have had complaints from students concerning language/depiction of groups used on CC. Leave "pasty white guy" comments on the cutting room floor next to other offensive content.
French fries aren't from France, nor does their name come from the French revolution.
The name derives from this: Belgians made them to feed British soldiers during WW1 as this was already a common meal back home, they were called chips. When the British troops were being replaced by American troops later in the war, the Belgians cooked the same food. To the Americans this was completely new, and the Americans believing they were in France (Belgians speak French and are basically French anyway) called them French fries.
No US conflict is more passively, acceptably romanticized as the Independence War. In truth in many places it took on the atmosphere of a Civil War. No state was more war-torn and violent than New Jersey during this period. In two square miles from where I sit typing this there are - to my knowledge - at least two, dusty - ill-kept plaques devoted to Patriot militias that were executed, bayoneted in their sleep, put up against the precipice of a ditch and shot, etc not by the 'redcoats' but by their Loyalist neighbors. In fact, the last shots fired in anger of this war were in recompense for the brutality of militias on both sides, as they engaged in fighting even after the peace treaty had been signed. Pine Bandits hid out in the Barrens, villages were torched by one force or the other - and that's just the Southern part of the State. The North was characterized by oscillating front lines and what's called the "Forage War" where both sides sent out small detachments to pillage supplies from the land. So neglected are the small sins of this conflict, all in the name of our National Creation Myth - and it does a disservice to history. Not even New Jersey historians care to remember the conflict that gave birth to such a ravaged landscape, that cemented the ill-reputation of New Jersey very early among the colonies in much the same way people thought of the ex-Yugoslav countries in the 90's. That led to the genesis of urban legends and wive's tails and permanently painted the Pine Barrens as a dark and sinister place.
New Jersey's history is an especially dark one, and it's still a meme for people like John Greene all of these decades later.
I disagree with John's interpretation of the Mystery Document. I would argue that it's not communist, but rather the precise opposite, arguing that the institution of private property (whose _treatment_ under law is equal, i.e. your property rights are just as secure as those of powerful families) is what protects a society against tyranny and ensures that liberty does not expire.
This interpretation looks odd to us, but that's because the equality of _property rights_ is a lot more obvious to inhabitants of modern classically-liberal societies than it was back in the late 18th Century, when remnants of the feudal system (particularly in Continental Europe, the best-known examples mostly being from France) meant that often the property rights of the smallholding peasant _weren't_ every bit as sacrosanct under the law as the rights of a great lord.
It is, thus, when the "combinations of powerful families" can, in the manner of some mediæval warlord, expropriate the individual, that the people will lose their power, and liberty expire.
"And shut up French people about how if it weren't for your help in the revolution-"
"Oui Oui Mon'ami Je'Mappelle Lafayette, the Lancelot of the Revolutionary Set, I can from a far just to say 'Bonsoir' tell the King, Ces'toi! Who's the best? Cest'Moi"
You completely missed the civil liberties that arose from the revolution - its most important consequence. No mention of Thomas Paine or the Federalist papers. The colonists in large part fought for the freedoms that ended up in our bill of rights. You're clearly a liberal, and that's fine, but simplifying the revolution to a rich white man's fight for lower taxes is as intellectually dishonest as saying all Indians were godless savages.
lets revisit the revolutionary war in light of today's social justice warriors - lets sprinkle in some good ol' identity politics - and stir in a healthy dose of hate for whitey while you're at it.....
The British never lost the war...Hence United States Inc. was created and we became a British Colony. and now we are all considered property hence your name is in all caps and in part due to Maritime Admiralty Law. We are all owned.
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