Show Notes: 13 Reasons for the American Revolution

Tracy Wilson

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Remember that listener mail we read in response to our episode on the Boston Massacre? The one from Andrew, who grew up outside London, which talked about the tone of school lessons taught in England on the subject of the American Revolution? (If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's in our Battle of Hastings episode.)

That sure did rile people up.

Our inbox overflowed with caps lock, "haven't you even heard of" and "maybe it's stuff YOU missed in history class." The reason: Andrew's letter didn't talk about the concept of "no taxation without representation," and neither did we. That was beside the point, but overwhelmingly, our letter-writers seemed to imply that if only the American colonists had gotten representation in Parliament, that whole bloody business of the Revolutionary War would have been avoided.

Once I got my dander back down again, we put together this episode on 13 causes of the American Revolution, 12 of which are not being taxed without being represented.

Our listener mail is from Ginger, who wrote to us about how the statue of Po'pay is now in the visitor's center of the Capitol, not the statuary hall.

Episode download link: 13 Reasons for the American Revolution

For more knowledge: Why was the American Revolution so revolutionary?

My research:

  • Kindig, Thomas. "The Currency Act." Independence Hall Association. US History.org. http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/currencyact.htm
  • Kindig, Thomas. "The Sugar Act." Independence Hall Association. US History.org. http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/related/sugaract.htm
  • Massachusetts Historical Society. "The Coming of the American Revolution." http://www.masshist.org/revolution/topics.php
  • Middlekauff, Robert. "The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789." Oxford University Press. 2005.
  • Price, William S. Jr. "Reasons Behind the Revolutionary War." Tar Heel Junior Historian, Reprinted at NCPEdia. Fall 1992. http://ncpedia.org/history/usrevolution/reasons

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