Was the American Revolution truly a revolution, according to Howard Zinn?
In his book A People's History of the United States, Zinn argues that the American Revolution was not truly a revolution. It wasn't, as a revolution usually is, a mass of common people rising up against the people in power. Instead, it was members of the wealthy, elite classes in the colonies who wanted to break away from Great Britain.
Zinn contends that once Britain won the French and Indian War, the upper-class colonists no longer needed the protection of the mother country. At this point, being a British colony (or in this case, a group of colonies) was simply an economic burden to the elites. They didn't want to pay taxes to the British (even if was to pay off the war the British fought on their behalf) and they didn't see any benefit in the trade restrictions involved with being colonies. The wealthy...
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