American Revolution Essay

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How Radical Was the American Revolution? Comparison of McDonald and Wood Forest McDonald states revolutions are usually a result of people being abused and oppressed, but his argument implies that in the case of the American Revolution the leaders were not being oppressed by Britain. These leaders were the merchants, slaveholders, and wealthy. By such measures, the leaders were not threatened or abused; the Revolution was no revolution at all, as McDonald stated. The Americans wanted to preserve what they already had, substances and position. The wealthy were concerned with American’s political rights to the extent of not wanting to redistribute the wealth and land to the lower classes. His argument is revolutions are born by oppression, the British came to America as an expansion to the economy, and the final result of the Revolution was ironic. The Americans had problems after the Revolution and had to establish a government but the government that was established eventually held more power than the British Parliament. McDonalds conservative outlook on the Revolution presents positive British role in establishing the colonies as an economic expansion. Gordon Wood makes another opinion on the Revolution. His article is less explanatory and more radically minded than that of Forest McDonald’s. Wood states the fact that the Revolution was radical like every other revolution in history has been. The reason he believes it was radical is that the Revolution transformed the American society from colonies, mostly on the Atlantic coast, to a “giant continental-wide republic, that became the most democratic, commercial, and modern society in the world.” Their society had been fundamentally altered. Wood is saying that it changed the aristocracy of the Occident world. Forest McDonald’s article is stronger because it is more persuasive,

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