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The Most Successful Revolution Irving Kristol In his brilliant analysis of the American Revolution Irving Kristol provides a thorough explanation of the reasons behind the Americans revolt By focusing on revolutionaries such as George Washington Thomas Jefferson James Madison and Thomas Paine he contradicts many of todays American citizens who have certain misconceptions about the Revolution Kristols focus in this article is primarily that of reexamining the American Revolution He takes a rather interesting approach in his reevaluation of the Revolution because he almost seems to blame todays society for the certain stereotypes that we hold His remark Incomprehensible to us is the idea that George Washington was the central figure in a real honest-to-God revolution could possibly be interpreted as a very vague insult to the American nation of today Kristol points out that Americans ideas have undergone great change since the years of the Revolution and that we seem to have lost our sense of historical accuracy Kristol also illustrates that Americans have the wrong idea of the colonists reasons for revolting in the way they did It is highly typical of Americans today to view the colonists as defiant and restless individuals who essentially wanted a war with Britain because of their desire to gain independence Kristol reconfirms this belief in his article but also makes note that the colonists enthusiasm for the revolution was also tempered by doubt introspection anxiety and skepticism He alludes to the fact that this frequently overlooked truth shows us something about the immaturity of our own political imagination-an immaturity not all incompatible with what we take to be sophistication In my opinion Kristol does an excellent job of pointing out how Americans-even historians-of today have held the wrong ideals surrounding the American Revolution He has changed my opinion of the colonists and the political leaders of the time Yes he has even succeeded in proving to me that the Revolution was
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