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The Wars of the American Revolution Many think that victory over the British redcoats was quick and easy In this simple version a united freedom-loving people rose up in anger at the Kings tyrannical actions grabbed their guns hid behind trees and walls defeated the dull British soldiers who were sitting ducks in their red uniforms and established the United States of America We know that the war affected almost everyone in America Of the ten wars that Americans have fought only the Civil War saw more American military deaths And except for the Vietnam War the Revolution was the longest war Americans ever fought Historians argue that the American Revolutionary War contained many different wars It was first a war for national independence Although this type of war is taken for granted by Americans today it must be remembered that the Revolutionary War was the first in which colonies successfully rebelled against an imperial power Second the American Revolutionary War was a civil war Rather than a country united against the British Americans were divided over whether the colonies should leave the British empire We now know that in every part of the United States but especially in the South after 1778 when the British transferred its military operations to that region Americans fought Americans Sometimes American family members fought each other as fathers sided with the British and sons with the Americans Historians now believe that forty percent of Americans were patriots twenty percent were Loyalists who supported the British and forty percent were neutral preferring to be left alone during the fighting Almost 18000 Loyalists actually joined the British army and fought against Americans These conflicts were often extremely violent and bitter Third the American Revolution was also a world war With the American victory at Saratoga in 1778 France entered the war on the American side The French wanted to take revange after the
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