The years between 1760 and 1800 rocked the Western world. These were the years when colonists on the eastern fringes of a continent converted the ideals of Enlightenment thought first into action, then into an actual form of government.
Now you can learn why this happened and how the colonists did it - in a series of 48 insightful lectures from an award-winning teacher and author.
Professor Mancall brings to life not only the famous but also the little-remembered colonists who were caught up in the debates over rights and power, liberties and empire. It is a story of immense importance and rich discoveries. And because he presents original source materials, including examples of how events were reported and interpreted, you'll more readily grasp the evolution of ideas, the competing pressures, and the misunderstandings - not only in the time leading up to the Revolution, and during the years it was being fought, but afterwards, as well.
That's when the victorious colonists came to learn that in achieving freedom from Great Britain, they had simply traded one set of problems for another. They still had to cope with the extraordinarily difficult task of crafting a workable government - one that could support their ideals of how citizens and government should relate to each other - and achieving respect and success among other nations.
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Although I was a history minor in college, there a few facts presented in this course of which I was not previously aware. The lecturer is engaging. Many of the concepts presented are essential to real understanding of the constitutional basis of our government and the continued conflict between Federalists and anti-Federalists today.
This was a very worthy addition to the Great Courses, soberly teasing apart a complicated, multi-sided tangle of action, reaction, understanding, and misunderstandings. Its attention to the oft-neglected period between Pilgrims and Stamp Acts was especially welcome.
Mancall does an excellent job, too, of capturing how even individuals--such as Franklin, Adams, and Hutchison--could be divided in their own minds at a time when the right was not so clear and battle lines had yet to harden, as well as the familiar interpersonal debates. A testimony to the thoughtfulness exhibited on many sides of the issue of revolution.
This course examines the ideologies that led to the outbreak of the American Revolution, fueled the Revolution during the war and guided the formation of America's government that endures to the present. This course does not cover the military history of the war. Instead, this course focuses on the great thinkers, like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, whose ideas helped stir the colonists into action. This course is not a biography of these individuals but, rather, is an examination of their thoughts and ideas. The course examines the way that ideas traveled, including by word of mouth, printed materials and propaganda drawings, and the way those ideas impacted history.
One of the more interesting aspects of the course is the discussion about how Americans, Loyalists and British had such divergent views of the same set of facts. For instance, Americans viewed the Boston Tea Party as a justified act of civil disobedience while Loyalists saw it as an act of lawlessness and British saw it as an act of rebellion. Perhaps the best part of the course is its broad scope. I expected the course to focus just on the build-up to the war and the war itself. However, the course went beyond that and dedicated several lectures to the establishment of the peace and the development of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. The bottom line is that this course does a great job going behind the scenes of the American Revolution and providing fantastic details often overlooked in other courses. This course provides a deep understanding of the motives that led to the war and leaves a new appreciation for the genius of the nation's founders.
The lecture is successful in completely covering the motivations behind the American War of Independence but Prof. Mancall is a horrible speaker. He's constantly tongue-tied and he sounds like he's reading aloud.
I purchased this course because I felt the other major American Revolution courses (“The History of the United States” and “The American Revolution”) did not cover the major events preceding (the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, Lexington and Concord) and post (Creation of the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution) armed conflict in enough depth. When I saw that this course dedicated entire lectures to each event I thought I found my answer. Unfortunately, the opposite occurred: the pace of the course was too slow and the Professor spent too much time on the minutia detail of government proclamations and resolutions vs. the events themselves.
While there were good morsels of information presented, too often they were scattered across portions of the course that seemed to drag out. Portions that were too heavy with minutia such as the details (and wording) of government resolutions when the professor could have made his points in less time. For example the main theme of 7 early lectures was to express the idea that the colonies were self ruled and the system worked up until the 1760's because of the partnership between the British and the colonists led to economic successes. Did we really need 7 lectures to establish this?
An ideal course length felt like it should be 24 lectures. Combine that with the Professor staying away from reading all of the details of the various government proclamations and resolutions and this may have come out as a much more interesting and engaging course.
If you are extremely interested in the words of the revolutionaries (and the loyalists) themselves be it diaries, pamphlets, or government documents/resolutions then you may find this course worthwhile. If you are more interested in the events of this period and the general story they told then I would recommend “The American Revolution”.
Excellent presentation excellent subject matter, sometimes a bit slow in making his point. A book that everyone should read to teach them about our nation's history.
Lecture 5 out of 49 ... There is a lot of eulogy for Native Americans, perhaps warranted, but extremely repetitive. Lot of material that was already covered in the lecture 4. Let's hope it get's better with progress, so far, it is rather odd. Will update.
Nasal, whiny voice. But very animated.
Well presented. A good reminder that it was not all a noble undertaking and there were a great many financial interests that lead to the revolution.
Horrifying many "err"s ...almost after every second or fifth word...that s really bad and i am having a hard time with listening to the story. If you record a book you should erase ALL the "um's" and "err's as much as possible.
Want to return it !!
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