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Rethinking the American Revolution   NEW!

Three major elements crucial in making and shaping the American Revolution are the focus of this course: first, the diversity and divisive thinking in the crucial year that made possible the Declaration of Independence (Lexington and Concord 1775 to July 4, 1776); second, military developments (1777-1778) that provided the hope and possibility that a small, militarily weak union of 13 states might successfully contend with a world power; and finally, the debate (1787-1788) that produced the first and perhaps most creative moment in American political history. As we examine these three pivotal moments, I will look forward to a journey in April 2013 when we will traverse Concord, Lexington, Boston -- where many of these elements played out. I hope many of you will be part of that trip.