Radical. If the forefathers of this country had failed in their attempt to break from England, they would have been tried for treason and executed.
Thomas Paine ("These are the times that try men's souls"-from The Crisis, No.1) accused Colonial men of not being concerned about their children and told others he would not suffer the injustice of having his home searched; he exhorted people to see the extent of the evil threatening them. In 1802 Paine was a virtual outcast, scorned as a radical and nonbeliever for his Age of Reason.
In his speech to the Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry accused some of indulging "in the illusions of hope." He stated that he was not deceived by the insidious acts of Britain: "Give me liberty, or give me death!"
Benjamin Franklin was chased by British ships when he sailed across the Atlantic as an old man. Had he been caught, he would have been killed.
Compared to the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution where aristocrats were assassinated by the peasants, the American Revolution was not as radical. Nor was it as radical as some South American revolutions that assassinated dictators, burned cities, and shot many before firing squads.
However, a fearlessness was in the Colonials who rebelled against Britain. They risked their own lives and fortunes as well as the futures of their families.
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