In this program, we investigate two opposing forces driving colonial independence from Great Britain: the former colonies as a confederation of independent states and the quest for nationhood. The former is represented by the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation; the latter by the Continental Congress and the Continental Army. We will follow the major events in the creation of these four entities; as well as assess the strengths, accomplishments, and weaknesses of our government under the Articles. We will discover why Washington and other Continental Army officers were for a stronger national government; and why, today, we debate the meaning of the American Revolution.
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