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Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution Lecture
Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution
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Professor Peter C. Mancall
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Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution Lecture

Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses

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    gwilsonmd 09-14-15
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    "Essential listing for any history buff"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA 01-14-16
    Amazon Customer Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA 01-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fills a lot of gaps"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "An Ideal Way to Study the 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Lest we forget where we come from"

    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.

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    Steven 08-07-14
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    "Not a good speaker"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Velez Roselle, NJ United States 06-30-16
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    "good speaker great subject"

    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.

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    DMJ Savannah, GA 03-09-16
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    "An early review"
    What did you like best about Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution? What did you like least?

    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.


    What does Professor Peter C. Mancall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nasal, whiny voice. But very animated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GLOYAL 02-25-16
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    "Please can i return it"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


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    Want to return it !!

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    Landon.W USA 01-01-16
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    "45 minutes in and i'm already disgusted."
    What didn’t you like about Professor Peter C. Mancall’s performance?

    I just started listening to "Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution" by Professor Peter C. Mancall on Audible. Within the first 45 minutes(of a 24 hour lecture series) I am already appalled and could spend hours writing about all the mistakes that were made.
    To give just a few brief examples... Professor Peter C. Mancall starts out the "Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution" by reading "the Declaration of Independence", then he goes on to mention how some of the founder's idea's contradicted their actions(like Jefferson owning slaves), then the presses on to discuss how ideas were spread via print, but not before mentioning that 'other cultures' think the oral word is superior.
    At this rate, I doubt I will finish the course...

    If I do, I will write a more detailed review.


    1 of 10 people found this review helpful

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