In this course, readers are provided an in-depth look at the single most consequential event of American history: the American Revolution. Distinguished historian Edmund Morgan wrote that no one has ever quite understood the Revolution and that no one ever will. This course is an attempt, at least on some level, to prove him wrong. While the American Revolution now appears to have been inevitable, it was, in fact, highly improbable. An early conversation between Continental Congressman Eldridge Gerry and Benjamin Harrison about the prospect of being hanged by the British is a prime example of the enormous risks that were involved. In the following pages, it will be shown just how problematic and uncertain this period of history actually was.
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"Take a front row seat in Professor Joseph Ellis's class on the founding of the United States and listen to him discuss the origins of the American Revolution, the short-lived Confederation government, and the "more perfect union" of the Constitution. Fourteen lively lectures illustrate U.S. history through the lives and viewpoints of famous Americans--Franklin, Adams, Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison--and Joseph Plumb Martin, a soldier in the Continental Army. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the origins of the United States, and listening to Professor Ellis is like auditing your favorite professor's course in college. People wanting to fully savor the classroom experience can join the online course discussion and even take a final exam. J.D.P. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"