America’s Founding, Ep. 2: How The British Enraged The Colonists
In the decade before the revolution, British soldiers had started to act more like an occupying force than a source of security. Prof. Sarah Burns explains why this happened, and how increasing tensions between colonists and soldiers became one of the major reasons for declaring independence.
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I like Professor Burns’s energy and I recognize she’s covering some big ideas/events in a short-hand way. Nevertheless, words are important. The colonists were “British.” This distinction is important because they claimed the rights and liberties long recognized in the British legal tradition. Daniel Hannan’s “How We Invented Freedom and Why it Matters” explains the fidelity to British ideals rather than the overthrow of them at the heart of the War for Independence.