By N.S. Palmer, Ph.D.
People on both sides of the Atlantic often misunderstand what the American revolution of 1775-1783 was about.
If you look at the writings of the American founders, many of them proclaimed that they were fighting for their “rights as Englishmen.”
They did not see political separation from Great Britain as a break from their traditional political ideals. Instead, it re-affirmed those ideals in the face of what they saw as the crown’s mistreatment of its colonial subjects. It was only later that the American revolution was re-envisioned as a radical change like the French revolution.
Americans and Britons are still much more alike than different. Our common traditions, language, and civilisation make us the most natural of friends in every area, not just the political.
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