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American Revolution One of the central myths that many Americans entertain about the Revolutionary War is that victory over the British redcoats was quick and easy A united freedom-loving country rose up in righteous anger at the Kings tyrannical actions grabbed their trusty flintlocks hid behind trees and walls defeated the dull British soldiers who were sitting ducks in their scarlet uniforms and established the United States of America Throughout the story there is a certain inevitability about American victory This story raises many problems If victory was so easy why did it take eight and a half years for the Americans to win it There is also the question of Valley Forge which Americans have always interpreted as a parable of courage over adversity But while one can admire Americans fortitude there is still the real question why were Continental Army soldiers lacking clothing and shoes and starving to death in the middle of a prosperous country These questions and others have prompted modern historians to revise our understanding of the Revolutionary War We now recognize 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 per 10000 citizens And except for the Vietnam War the Revolution was the longest war Americans ever fought Historians also began to recognize that the American Revolutionary War was a complex event that belies a simplistic nationalist view They now 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 As a result the American Revolution became an inspiration to other colonial peoples in the nineteenth century This was especially true for Spanish-American liberators like Simon Bolivar who in throwing
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