Ep. 0058: The American Revolution, Part I: 1763-1774
Since this April is the 240th anniversary of the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, Prof CJ has decided to do a multi-part Dangerous History Podcast series on this conflict, trying to focus as much as possible on the dangerous parts of the story, and the deeper implications of it, that the Man would rather omit from the narrative.
Join Prof CJ as he discusses:
- The state of affairs in the aftermath of the Seven Years War (aka French & Indian War)
- The various ways the British government attempted to increase their tax revenues from the North American colonies, and the resulting resistance from some of the colonists
- A look at the average, grassroots insurgents, including who they were and what motivated them
- The little-known False Alarm incident of September 1774, in which a rumor spread throughout the northeastern colonies that the British Navy had destroyed Boston, and the resulting spontaneous mobilization of thousands of New Englanders to get revenge, which was aborted when the rumor proved false, but which showed how quickly ordinary people could and would mobilize
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