The American Revolution and the "Common Man"

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When encountering a person questioned about the American Revolution, American or otherwise, the most common response to expect would entail a mentioning of the men who are known for leading the masses of that time: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and even a few other who had singed their ledger on the Deceleration of Independence may be mentioned or at least recognized if mention. What one won’t find often mentioned or even thought of were those of the lower class of that time, a blacksmith who was responsible for the crafting of the spearheads of muskets, a farmer who found injustice in the “Stamp Act” and sought rectification alongside a woman who lived impoverished while she and her family constantly was the wealth of their livelihood stolen from them by the local Governor. These accounts are not often thought of alongside the names and reputations of the “elites” when first thinking of the American Revolution, yet within this essay one shall find that the focus of is just that, the importance of these lost and begotten lives washed away within the torrents of history. With the main source of this essay being that of Gary B. Nash’s essay titled “The Unknown American Revolution,” the main focus of this essay shall be explaining the importance of broadening one’s view when researching events such as the American Revolution to include the lives of everyday peoples alongside that of the well-known leaders and to expand upon significant ways that protests of “non-elites” caused the American Revolution to turn radically different than what it had at first started out as. With accordance to the first source, the idea of broadening the view or insight of research on the history of the American Revolution to include the perspectives of those citizens that were deemed as “non-elites,” otherwise known as the “common man,” has led to a deeper
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