The American victory in the Revolutionary War was one of the most stunning events of the eighteenth century. Although committed to the cause of independence, American patriots entered the conflict disorganized, ill-equipped and facing a formidable foe. Thus, the American triumph is a story of great leadership, sacrifice, and luck.
This module focuses on the military side of the American Revolution. The works listed here consist of an array of important primary sources as well as scholarly biographies about military men and monographs about military topics.
Questions to pose in a lecture and/or class discussion on the Revolutionary War:
1. What were the greatest challenges American revolutionaries faced at the conflict’s start? What were the greatest challenges the British faced at the war’s beginning?
2. Although not a profound political thinker, what strengths did George Washington bring to the American cause?
3. Was the Revolution won because of the support and determination of the American people? Or was the war won more by the tenacity and courage of the Continental Army?
4. Explain the relationship between the Continental Congress and Washington’s Continental Army throughout the war? Why was the Newburgh Conspiracy so dangerous to the long-term health of our democracy?