Lecture 1 - Introduction: Freeman's Top Five Tips for Studying the Revolution

author: Joanne B. Freeman, Yale University
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published: Feb. 14, 2013,   recorded: January 2010,   views: 4057
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Professor Freeman offers an introduction to the course, summarizing the readings and discussing the course's main goals. She also offers five tips for studying the Revolution: 1) Avoid thinking about the Revolution as a story about facts and dates; 2) Remember that words we take for granted today, like "democracy," had very different meanings; 3) Think of the "Founders" as real people rather than mythic historic figures; 4) Remember that the "Founders" aren’t the only people who count in the Revolution; 5) Remember the importance of historical contingency: that anything could have happened during the Revolution.

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Comment1 Amie Bosco, September 25, 2020 at 12:54 p.m.:

Listening to this lecture, Freeman's Top Five Tips has completely blown my mind. In her very first lecture, she has already made “The American Revolution” very interesting for me. She has recommended several useful articles like https://www.netmums.com/local/e/acs-i... which can help us in understanding the respective educational reforms. It pleases me to see how she wonderfully she was explaining different concepts.

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