10 Uncomfortable Truths About the American Revolution

10 Uncomfortable Truths About the American Revolution

The American Revolution and the founding fathers
are practically deified in modern America and many of the greatest figures from the
period have been made into almost demigods of American myth and legend. However, the truth is that much of the reasoning
for the revolution wasn’t as pure as the history books make it out to be, and while
it may be insanely popular now, the common man back in the day, more or less, was less
than enthused one way or the other. The American Revolution may have been the
greatest triumph for early America, but things were not always what they seemed, and the
Americans could not have achieved it without a lot of outside help. 10. George Washington Was Hardly A Singular Military
Genius George Washington is probably the most popular
and non-controversial American in history, and for very good reason. He presided over the revolutionary forces
as they sought to gain freedom for the colonies from Britain. He managed to keep up the morale of his men
throughout extreme adversity, he pulled of a couple very clever sneak attacks, and overall
managed to ingratiate himself so much with the people that they practically begged him
to be president afterwards, and many were disappointed when he did not seek a third
term — setting a precedent that would last until it was finally broken first by the Roosevelt
family with an attempt, and then finally with a success at winning a third term in office. However, while today most people in the United
States consider him one of the greatest military minds of all time, many historians actually
beg to differ. The truth is that General Washington lost
way more battles than he won, and spent most of his time running away from fights. His most famous victory, the crossing of the
Delaware, was a sneak attack that would have failed if not for a British commander disregarding
a warning note. His most famous victory was a combination
of luck and enemy ineptitude. George Washington did a good job of keeping
up morale, and setting an example for the entire country, and he was very good at keeping
his army from being pinned down or captured. However, the real credit for the genius military
maneuvers, in most historians minds, goes to generals like Nathaniel Green, without
whom the war effort would likely have been totally lost. 9. The British Were Spread Incredibly Thin, And
We Still Needed Help From Their Strongest Enemies The American Revolution is looked upon with
great pride by most Americans, so it is really easy for Americans to play up their own part,
and forget how close things really were, or just how much of a team effort it was — with
the fledgling colonies really more of a bit player much of the time. The truth was that, at the time, the colonies
were fighting for independence and the British Empire, as usual for the time, had their fingers
in every pie imaginable. They were in one way or another irking their
other powerful neighbors in Europe, and so it was in this atmosphere that the colonists
managed to wrest control of their lives from the British Crown. The French were the biggest key of all, and
the naval help they provided simply cannot be underestimated. Without their naval blockades of key areas
at the right time, and their naval support against what was a far superior navy than
ours, we wouldn’t have been able to even get the revolution off the ground. The Spanish also played a very big part; by
having a second war front against the British, it spread them even thinner and made it harder
for them to focus all their energies on their colonies in the Americas. Much of the support from our allies in Europe,
especially the French, was negotiated very carefully by Benjamin Franklin, whose deals
in Paris may have single-handedly tipped the balance to win the colonies their freedom. 8. The American Revolution Was Not Nearly As
Popular At Home As You Might Think The American Revolution today is probably
the most well-regarded historical event in the history of the United States, and you
couldn’t possibly find a person alive in the country who would criticize it. For this reason, especially due to the very
exuberant history we all read, most of us figure that people were just itching to get
out and fight for the cause of freedom from the British. However, the truth is that things were almost
entirely the opposite. Now, when the war first broke out there was
quite a rush of volunteers, but the enthusiasm didn’t last long. Life as a soldier is grim and brutal, and
many of them had farms back at home that they were afraid would languish and fall to ruin
if they weren’t around to tend to them. As the war started to drag on, Washington
despaired of getting enough men by voluntary enlistment, and starting suggesting that congress
instate a compulsory draft. While the congress did not instate this nationally,
many of the fledgling states were already flexing their muscles to force people to join
if enlistment quotas were not being met. However, lots of cash bounties were also offered
including land offers to sweeten the pot and many soldiers admitted they only joined for
the big payout, as they saw it as a way to move up economically. Also, there were still many British loyalists
(known as Tories) living in the country, and they were not interested in fighting against
the crown they still held sentiment for. The fight for freedom from England would mostly
benefit rich landowners, so your average, poorer loyalist would see little reason to
take up arms against the old homeland. 7. The Revolutionary War Was Basically A Proxy
War Between France and Great Britain As we mentioned in an earlier entry, the revolutionary
war had a great deal of involvement from the French, who supplied a lot of naval and other
support that helped give the United States far more than just a fighting chance. However, it really requires a explanation
to get the full extent of it. The truth is that the French were not just
helping us out, but really had created a proxy war between themselves and the English right
here on our soil, much like some proxy wars you see today — it was really just another
bloody front in their prolonged political and military conflict with their neighbors
in the British Isles. The true extent of French involvement is staggering. Not only did they provide the vast majority
of naval support, which we could not have done without, but they also provided training
and let us borrow some experts to help us out, also much like you see today in proxy
wars. They supplied us with the bulk of our ammo
reserves, uniforms, boots, weapons, and pretty much everything else you need to fight a war. Many Americans find it a bit uncomfortable
to admit, but without the French the fledgling colonies would probably have had little chance
at all. While Benjamin Franklin is revered in American
history, he may actually not get enough credit — it was his meetings with the French which
sealed the full support of their government. 6. American Indians Fought For The British And
Provided Excellent Guerrilla Warfare One of the most enduring myths of the American
Revolution is that Americans relied on guerrilla warfare to win, being mostly farmers who knew
their land really, really well. Even some in Britain believe this silly myth
to this day, but it isn’t really grounded in any real fact. For starters, this was a time period when
guerrilla warfare in general was kind of difficult as the latest popular weapons were actually
very inaccurate and extremely slow to reload, which could make ambush and hit and run tactics
difficult to implement properly. This does not mean they were not used at all,
but when they were, the British had plenty of experience with the tactic, and had Native
American allies who knew the land even better than the colonists, and used weapons like
bows that were much better for guerrilla warfare than muskets. With their use of allied Native American forces,
it is likely the British actually had a bit of an edge when it came to these kind of more
sneaky tactics. The Native Americans, for those who did not
know of their alliance with the British, joined voluntarily because they saw the British as
being kinder to them than the colonists. Laws made and enforced by the British Crown
made it harder for the colonists to take Native American lands away, so the natives saw the
British troops as natural allies. 5. No Taxation Without Representation Really
Only Applied To Rich White Landowners The most famous reason for the American Revolution
is that well known line “no taxation without representation.” The argument was that it was unfair for the
British to heavily tax the Americans when they didn’t have proper representation in
parliament based on their value to the British Crown and their size. This was really the main basis for the Boston
Tea Party and the American Revolution at large, but as we mentioned most common folk didn’t
see much reason to be very excited about joining after the initial euphoria over freedom. The reason most people weren’t particularly
enthralled by this idea is that the founding fathers really were only looking to get more
rights for the citizens who already basically “had a vote” in the colonies to begin
with. For starters, this was a time when women couldn’t
vote anyway, the colonies were at war with the natives, and black people were enslaved. On top of that, to vote you were also expected
to own land in almost all the colonies, even if you contributed significantly to your local
economy in some other way. After the war almost all the colonies started
to realize the hypocrisy, and eventually it changed state by state so any free adult male
who paid taxes could vote — suffrage for various other groups would of course come
much later still. 4. American’s Consider The Founders Christian,
But Many Were Deists Or Masons The founders are perhaps most beloved of all
among the Christian right in America, which is strange in a way, because if they had a
truly accurate picture of these mens’ beliefs they may not find them so endearing. Many of the founders called themselves Christian,
but if you read their writings and philosophies, many sound more agnostic — there were also
a lot of openly Deist thinkers among the founding fathers. The idea of Deism is essentially that God
created the universe, and then stepped out of the way and only gets involved on a largely
cosmic scale — he’s not going to step in and throw in a tornado, or prevent someone
from dying of malaria, and so on. Some thinkers today believe that Deism is
hardly that differently from many forms of atheism, and it is possible it was a way for
an atheist at the time to fit into society while still explaining their beliefs — affirming
to others they do believe in a just and loving God, but that they just don’t believe God
intervenes in petty human affairs. This could also be because many of the founders
were high level Masons, and it has been speculated by many historians that these Masonic connections
may have been what helped Benjamin Franklin setup his most important diplomatic meetings
in France to begin with. To be a Mason, you still had to be a Christian
of some kind — although not a Catholic — so Deism may have been a mushy way to ingratiate
yourself enough with the Masons to join them, even though you only want in for the brotherhood
and power, not for the religion you don’t necessarily believe in. 3. King George III Did Not Put Extra Taxes On
The Colonies Just To Be A Big Meanie King George III is infamous in the USA as
the evil tax levying king who unfairly tried to tax the American people into oblivion without
even offering them representation in parliament. Most Americans know little of the history
and just assume that he was a ruthless tyrant who wanted to take from people and offer nothing
in return. However, the truth is that, as is often the
case with history, things were a good bit more complicated than many have been led to
believe. Just a few years prior to the beginning of
the serious tit-for-tat over increasing taxes, the British were fresh off barely winning
the Seven Years War. For those who aren’t too familiar with it,
it was a war so all-continent and all-world power-encompassing that many historians now
refer to it as World War Zero. The two years that led up to the actual declaration
of war started with quite a lot of skirmishes in the Americas, which was the beginning of
what Americans know as the French and Indian War. However, Americans tend to be a bit insular
in their thinking and most don’t know that once the war truly got into full swing and
all declarations of war were official, the French and Indian War was just one of many
bloody fronts all around the world. And, especially during the lead-up to the
full war, the British spent a lot of money and resources in the Americas during the Seven
Years War to protect the colonies, so they thought it would only be fair that the colonies
help shoulder the economic losses from the protracted conflict. 2. Many Of The Most Famous Revolutionary Heroes
Are Embellished Or Did Not Exist At All The American Revolution is as much myth and
legend now as anything else, and many of those myths are based on almost complete and utter
fabrications. Two of the most famous legends involve that
of Paul Revere and Molly Pitcher. Molly Pitcher was a woman who was allegedly
bringing water to the troops, saw her husband die and took up his place at the cannon despite
having no training, and soon tore into the enemy troops — some accounts even say she
got medals for it. Paul Revere’s story, of course, is very
well known. He rode off on his horse to Concord to warn
the colonists that the British were coming and successfully saved the day. However, the truth is that nearly all of that
is untrue. To start with Molly Pitcher was likely not
even a real person at all. Despite historians’ best efforts, they have
been unable to find any evidence that a woman by that name even existed in first hand accounts. The only stories about Molly Pitcher were
written about one hundred years later, which makes them rather suspect as factual stories. There are a handful of first hand accounts
of women getting involved in battle during the revolution, but none matching that name
or story. As for Paul Revere, he did ride his horse
in an attempt to warn the colonists that the British were coming, but he was one of many
— after the whole team was out he was one of forty people riding to warn the resistance. As a matter of fact he wasn’t the most effective
messenger either, as he was temporarily waylaid by the British, and the one to reach Concord
first to bring a warning was another fellow rider — Samuel Prescott. 1. The Revolutionary War Did Not Actually End
Officially Even After The Surrender At Yorktown It was an historic day on October 19, 1781
— the colonists, with the help of the French, had won their independence from Great Britain. The British General Cornwallis had surrendered
at Yorktown to George Washington and the Marquis De Lafayette, and the colonist fighters couldn’t
be happier. Most Americans today think of it as the end
of the war and the beginning of freedom from the crown, but the actual war didn’t truly
end until 1783. The truth is that while Cornwallis had the
right to surrender his troops and army to a certain extent, he didn’t have the authority
to permanently halt all conflict between the fledgling United States and Great Britain
— that power lay with King George III. The king was reluctant at first to completely
cease hostilities and did not withdraw his men or order an end to the war. Until the Treaty of Paris in 1783 that fully
marked the end of the war, the last British soldiers did not truly head out to vacate
from the colonies, and even then, news traveled very slowly back in the day. For this reason, there was a solid two years
of fighting, especially in the early American South, between the British soldiers and the
fledgling colonies. There were also lots of naval skirmishes as
well, since the king had not yet called for his navy to cease hostilities against the
colonies. The king did not wish to end the war at first,
even though in the end it really was likely for the best at that point, because it had
been such a colossal failure for Great Britain — for a time he even considering abdicating
the throne over his incapability to keep the colonies under British rule.

100 thoughts on “10 Uncomfortable Truths About the American Revolution

  1. The founding fathers are not "practically deified". That's like calling my hometown of Philadelphia a practical holy land.

  2. if we'd only been given re presentation in King Georges parlliment, maybe things would be different?
    of course, we wanted protec room from foreign forces, but didn't wish to pay for it.
    I thank my history teacher for this.

  3. You can point out all the flaws you want but, in the end, you British pricks lost. On top of that, if it weren’t for America, you would all be speaking German right now.

  4. It is sad that you’re making poor excuses for the British in the revolution sry war. France was asked to help because most of our weapons and gunpowder came from England at the time and King George was mad about the rebellion and refused to trade with the colonies so, we went to France for help. The fact that England was at war with half of Europe was nothing new. They just tarted one too many wars for them to win. The assistance given by France was paid for by the colonists after the war was won. Even back then Britain was trying to rule the whole world.

  5. The British never give credit to nations who work smarter not harder. We were smart enough to ask France for help when we needed it. The British just wanted America To finance their wars with the rest of Europe

  6. SIMON you need to check your facts. The British refused to accept that we were not responsible for British war expenses

  7. As a British historian you are fact stupid. Many of your statements of fact are wrong. You think you are smart BUT you are very uneducated on America. We are independent and free by our choice. THE TRUTH IS BRITAIN TRIED TO CONTROL PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE STRAITJACKET OF THE CROWN. The Native American s hated the British because they were cruel to them. FACT STUPID ONCE AGAIN.

  8. Figures a bitter Limey diminishes the victory. The English managed to piss off most of the.globe. so France and Spain were more than willing to see the Brits get their ars whooped.

  9. You said that it was the landowners who were the backbone of support for American independence but it was just the opposite. Support for Britain was stronger in the plantation-dependent South than in the North where merchants and fledgeling manufacturing interests chafed most under G3's taxes. Know your facts before you purport to teach Americans about their own history.

  10. Regarding guerrilla warfare, it's relatively well-known that few colonists used this tactic, as the primary army/militia units regarded it as improper. Of the few groups of colonists that did use guerrilla tactics, the most successful was led by Francis Marion, aka "The Swamp Fox."

  11. Most Americans don’t believe Washington was a military genius, and none of the historical programs I’ve seen portrayed him so. He’s known mainly for his modesty, and his ambivalence towards accepting the throne so to say, like Cincinnatus. Also, if you knew what you were talking about you’d have mentioned Baron Von Steuben, and so his glaring omission points to a cursory knowledge of the war at best. It would’ve made your point very well.

    Just because it’s now a crime to be British, doesn’t mean you have to kick sand on my picnic.

  12. So true about Nat Greene. Washington's wisest choice. Greene was the only general to whom being effective – whatever that took – was far more important than being covered in glory, accolades, and titles. Greene seemed to be the only one that could check his ego at the door. Too bad Arnold couldn't have been more like him.

  13. "You couldn't possibly find anyone with in America to criticize the revolution"
    Well then you've never met me

  14. I'm actually amused by some of this guy's stuff. He scrambles together well factoids, outliers & anecdotes. Problem is these "casseroles" (while tickling and teasing certain socio-political tastes) are too often under-cooked/over-cooked (as in "cookin the books") and lacking in nutrition (i.e., perspective, balance etc). But he proves that you can sell a lot of malarkey if you do it with a snobbish, slightly nasally Brit accent. Add to the presentation a bespectacled, bearded baldy and the recipe if complete.

  15. Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Samual Hitchcock? Lacks a certain je ne sais quoi!

  16. Everything mentioned is true but how did a handful of wealthy white guys, some who owned slaves, manage to fight off the most powerful and wealthy country in the world and end up with the greatest country the world has ever had? Why didn't Canada manage this, or Australia?

  17. Plantation slave owners didn't want to pay King George III… that's the primary reason. And the Second Amendment was added to protect a minority of slaveholders to defend their "property" without a standing army, militia or police. The lionization of the American Revolution and Founding Fathers is almost entirely undeserved.

  18. Some of that is true cousin, but consider what could have been, if crazy old King George had simply given us a few MP's. After all, we only wanted a political voice, an equal footing with all other British citizens. Guess we will never know, but sour grapes are misplaced here as the transatlantic alliance is among the strongest in all the world, and the US has no better friend on the planet than the UK.

  19. Consider as a factor in the ramp up to war the case in British courts in 1773 of Somerset vs. Stewart in which slavery was banned in the British Empire (except for household servants). Such a ruling would have had a drastic financial effect on the colonies as much of the wealth (and debt) was tied up in slave holdings. Were the founding fathers really thinking of their pocket books as slave holders (not all of course) in desiring an exit from the mother country?

  20. Deified and Demigods? No, but they are admired for their determination.

    Yes, we know they needed help. Other countries wanted to take Britain down some pegs, but then they thought they could swoop in and take the reigns. That's why it was important to move from the Articles of Confederation to the US Constitution. It's also why the US military has a standing operating order to be able to field 3 extended fronts of battle.

    Yes, the was only 3% solid enthusiasm for the War, but there was even less interest in staying under the British crown. That was enough.

    Yes, some tribes fought against the Colonists. Those tribes were the ones that were enemies of the Colonist's allies.

    Yes, landowners were the voters in the colonies. This should be common knowledge. The rationale was that landowners were the most impacted by government actions.

    Yes, they were mostly deists. They studied the philosophers of Rome and Greece, who were pagans. I'm probably a deist because I don't align to any specific denomination.

    Embellishment – oh no, legends get amplified over time. Never heard of that happening before.

    War is an uncomfortable topic. Every war has uncomfortable truths.

  21. We don’t regard our founding fathers as geniuses, superheroes or anything like that. We celebrate their guts and resilience, their refusal to give in- even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. That’s the American spirit that gets talked about. Not being superior, just never giving up or giving in

  22. I head Washington wanted to join an elite British military group years before the war.They turned him down because he was a colonist.Big mistake.Oh well glad they did.

  23. There are facts in this video. This video is not entirely factual. I don’t know if you are American, but if you are not, speaking for them and their proclivities is not wise as it has decimated my trust in you. A case for you positive bias would be a simple one.

  24. Please state your sources for all the “Many Americans think” comments. We all know this stuff. Stop making unfounded statements and saying them as if they’re facts.

  25. The first casualty of war is the truth.
    History is written by the Victor
    The end justifies means.
    Therefore, as an American the only truth is, WE ARE AWESOME!

  26. Goerge Washington never told a lie!!! And was the best general that ever lived!!! Don't let a petty Englishman tell different!!! Go America!!!

  27. I also heard that the reason that Washington was chosen as the head general for the war, was to show unification of the American colonies against Britain. That before it was mainly a northern thing per say. That the south with their plantations and all really profited from being a colony. Still today there are cultural differences (duh I know) but like there southern hospitality and sweet tea everywhere. Things that have trickled down through generations that still around today.

  28. No mention of the intolerable acts or summary disarmament? We seem to have missed the real reasons for the revolt.

  29. Molly Pitcher was a nickname for the women who carried water to the (mostly wounded) troops on the battlefield.

  30. I absolutely credit France with the success of the american revolution. Of course that was before their own people revolted and killed or exiled the people that actually helped us.

  31. Came to the comment section expecting screeching patriotic Americans, found humble honesty instead. I'm disappointed. This isn't the stereotype I'm used to seeing on a YouTube comment section.

  32. My Dude I love most of your work, but are certainly noticing a string anti-american slant in your videos regarding the US and the UK. This video is yet another example of that. I'm not going to pretend to speculate on your actual experience with Americans, but while the facts you present in this video are for the most part, just that, you're perception of modern American knowledge and perception of these facts are entirely skewed. Americans are very well aware that we would have not won without France. In fact the idea you're presenting that most Americans are unaware of these facts that you present is simply wrong. This information is common to most anyone who graduated high school, and since that is mandated buy law in most states, most definitely common knowledge. I love most of your videos, truly, and don't intend to place false intent behind your content on this matter, but fear you are presenting a bias that is so strong it's beginning to grossly appear in your work

  33. Well as far as the popularity goes one of my ancestors volunteered 3 times the last time fought at the battle of york town one if the last battles.

  34. Try looking at history a little more objectively… many common folk were thrilled about their freedom from britain. You are using modern far left philosophy to describe people from the 1700's

  35. Most of the facts about Masons were false. You don’t have to be a Christian you have to be religious. You could be a Muslim, Jewish, Satanist. Im not sure about how far that goes back but I’ve never heard anything in the lodge that makes it seem Christian only. Also the Founding Fathers were only 3rd degree Blue Lodge which is also pretty much ever Mason in the world now. I may not be correct on everything but this doesn’t sound right but it’s very understandable to be mistaken on.

  36. If you like history you should read the providential history of America. The truth should be known, this is what was missing from school.

  37. Do a bio on Washington, he totally screwed up during the French & Indian War. As for the French, it wasn't till I saw an Eddie Izzard show that I learned about Lafayette! Never taught about the French help in any of my schooling.

  38. Ever wondered why they don't teach you in school how much tax was being demanded by tyrannical Great Britain?

    For those interested in how much tax was being asked by King George III, on average it was 1 shilling (£0.05) per colonist, per year.

    Average wage in the colonies was around £5 per year, so the tax works out to about 1% of earnings.

    2.5 million colonists, yields an annual tax revenue of £125,000 per yr. War debt from 7 yrs war was £70,000,000. So to pay off the war debt would have taken 560 yrs…..without inflation….. Inflation rate in 1760 was 3.8%, which works out to £2.45 million. In other words, the money being asked by King George III would only pay about 5% of the interest on that debt. The debt was incurred during the 7 yrs war where Britain financially crippled itself protecting the colonies from France, but the colonies refused to pay up, causing Britain to apply taxes, but they were actually very low (a very small fraction of what Americans pay today in their taxes).

    Such tyranny!!

    Well now you know why they don't tell you. They'll make sure you know about the crippling taxes (??), with all their names, the dates they were passed, etc. In other words, dazzle you with waffle. Then later they'll go on to say – well actually it had nothing to do with taxes but lack of representation….. The fact that they had no intention of ever paying back a dime no matter what, under any circumstances must just be coincidental. Historical records clearly show that many colonists avoided paying any taxes if they could, even smuggling was a big business in those days. The Boston tea party happened not because the British taxed the tea, but because they removed the tax on the tea, which made it cheaper than the smuggled tea. The sons of liberty were smugglers, and they had a lot of smuggled tea that they couldn't move. That's why they dumped the British tea into the Boston harbor.

    History is written by the victors, so be careful not to step in the bull cr*p.

  39. Don’t lecture Americans about King George’s taxes. We will always oppose taxes that are unfair. Unlike the British. We demand accountability for our tax monies.

  40. And look at the mighty US now. Fought in both world wars. Became a super power and pushes our agenda on every other country with little to no resistance because we are so strong and mighty! But a little jewish country in the middle east has so much control of US politics. See anything wrong here?

  41. I don’t get this video? It seams he made a video only to talk in a dismissing tone to his audience.

    Most of this you SHOULD know by middle school.

  42. There also that the revolutionaries offered many slaves their freedom (only because they feared they would revolt and fight for the British who also offered freedom to any slaves who would fight with them) if they fought against the British but then put them straight back into slavery afterwards. Where as those that fought for the British had a much better chance of actually getting their freedom.

  43. Lol I’ve been studying history since I was around 9 actually and I can tell you i rememebr everyone being taught this in class I doubt there’s many Americans that didn’t know this we knew Washington wasn’t the brilliant war mind but his charisma his belief in himself and the people he surrounded himself with and the best quality of his he listened to his advisors and other generals he didn’t act like he knew everything

  44. Hey Douchebag,we Americans are very aware of the help we got from France.I don't know any Americans who are uncomfortable admitting that fact.The only thing that really matters is that you sally British got you prissy asses handed too you.Doesn't matter who gets the credit that you think is so important.

  45. There is not a lot here that is new. I am not American (I'm British) and I knew most of this so I don't think that America is trying to hide it's history. What is not known is that in Britain, George III was not very popular and there was a great deal of public sympathy for the American rebels, many people having relatives in the colonies. So much so, in fact that the British Army could not recruit enough troops and had to make do with German mercenaries. – and we all know how that worked out. Washington was certainly no military genius and lost more battles than he won but he did keep the Continental Army together during the hard winter at Valley Forge and became the figurehead of the Revolution, so to say that he was not pivotal to the outcome is just plain wrong. The rest of the nonsense about Paul Revere and other fictional heroes is just natural accretion of a young country trying to establish it's cultural identity by putting spin on it's history (something all countries do). There you go…

  46. Americans tend to be insular in their thinking? Typically a phrase from a brit who doesn’t recognize the undeniable veracity of the American way of thinking

  47. Does anyone here actually realise that this video is probably aimed at people not from America and thus did not get taught this

  48. "Luck and enemy ineptitude"…battles and, even entire wars, have been won since antiquity from those two qualities.

  49. Molly Pitcher is a nickname given to a woman said to have fought in the American Battle of Monmouth, generally believed to have been Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley. However, various Molly Pitcher tales grew in the telling, and many historians regard Molly Pitcher as folklore rather than history, or suggest that Molly Pitcher may be a composite image inspired by the actions of a number of real women. The name itself may have originated as a nickname given to women who carried water to men on the battlefield during War.

  50. Like everything you have said could be looked at as wrong. To say that people didn’t like open war in sight of their homes is not a stretch. Were you all having parades and parties when the Nazis were bombing London? Probably not I imagine people like me could care less if I needed to learn German.

    You spoke of the French involvement. When you speak of their involvement you could write your doctoral thesis on “the French involvement during the American Revolutionary War”.

    You seemed a little bias and wanted to give the French more credit than they deserve. Nots not deny they loaned us money and even sold us gun powder. You seem to have been taught that we wouldn’t have won without them. Maybe it’s true. They loaned us money and sold us gun powder. They gave some man power and the British fleet was recovering, but that’s a tactical time to oppose an oppressive government when they are week.

    Was George a tool or puppet, doubt it but he was rich and to have a successful coup against a powerhouse like the British Empire it’s best to strike when they are injured and themselves divided.

    I’d wager you were taught in school that your empire was divided and the French lost y’all the new world.

    The truth is your long lost this empire because he was too far away. He over extended by trying to control the seas

    Sorry I ranted love your content. George might have been a twat. People who are trying to oppose an oppressive government will suffer in moral and need hero’s. One country’s George Washington is another country’s Benedict Arnold. Although I’m sure we call him a trader for no reason. Clearly he made one promise to the Americans and totally dishonored himself by trading sides. Who was it that had lots of trust in his ability as a general? You guessed it George Washington. If George wasn’t the tactician you claim he is that’s cool, he had people who were like Benedict Arnold the Oath Breaker who traded sides or “defected” cause he thought the cause was lost and wanted to save his own life. Let’s see if he makes you list after 3:46

  51. Ps:(“another front of “THEIR” bloody war” you say) like you have something against Americans or the French for helping. Do you dislike the French? That was a long time ago. who wrote this crap? A proxy war? No a calculated decision. (5:12) I Haven’t heard his point and I agree. The French bet on the winning side. They loaned us money, and sold us gun powder. They committed solders and when it was clear we could win they invested more. That’s why we went in bold on the beaches of Normandy. A debt for a credit.

    Understand the world was changing. Not because of technology but because the seas and oceans were being infested by navy ships. The English went east to the northern hemisphere and found furs and fertile land and the Spanish landed in South America and found gold.

    The British empire tried to dominate the seas and any new territory. They over extended themselves and were trying to fight multiple fronts and in chess when you over extend you have messed up. You’ll possibly lose your queen to a royal fork for a knight. The Red Coats want to blame their Royal Fork on the French. Like they would still control the area “across the pond” as I have heard us referred to before. It wasn’t a pond, it was a gigantic ocean. I’m actually curious why parts of Africa are populated by English people today?

    Remember Louis and Clark? American hero’s looking for the north west passage. Seems it would have been smart to find out how much land there was from one ocean to the next before trying to find a river to cross it.

    I have a great idea. Let’s ride 500 miles west at all haste and then realize no river is going to cross the terrain. You should make a video on idiots of the new world.

    Ps: no one who has a public school education believes we could have won without the French. I’m glad you are so confident in your ignorance. I’ll also admit that many Americans are ignorant and have absolute little knowledge of the time line and actual events. No matter what that is an absurd claim. At minimum 70 to 80%of high school grads should be able to guess from a multiple choice. I Imagine some would select Britain as the ones who helped us win the war and they deserve partial credit cause if your king had been doing his job things would be different today.

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