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The American Revolution

The American Revolution

Discussion & Essay Questions

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    1. Why did the Americans declare independence?
    2. Were there any advantages to being a member of the British Empire?
    3. Is it plausible that American colonists would risk these for the sake of principle?
    4. Do you think people commonly sacrifice self-interest for their principles?
    5. How "complete" was the revolution waged by American colonists?
    6. Was the Americans' victory tainted by French support?
      • Was it tainted by the revolutionary leaders' neglect of slaves and women?