Questions tagged [american-revolution]

pertaining to the American Revolutionary War (1775-1781) and its era, where the 13 North American colonies fought and won independence from Great Britain.

8 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
0answers
216 views

Did purging occur during the American revolution?

Every nation that has revolutionized in the last 150 years has undergone major turmoil including the jailing and execution of dissidents. France and Russian revolutions were both famously violent ...
4
votes
0answers
107 views

Were early US citizens ever able to get reparations for the Revolutionary War?

In looking into the aftermath of the American Revolutionary War I ran across a list of citizens applying for reparations to the new government: Reparation Requests The state of New Jersey even ...
3
votes
0answers
521 views

New York City as “the greatest city in the world” in 1776?

In the musical "Hamilton," the Schuyler sisters sing of New York City as "the greatest city in the world". The scene is set in 1776, I believe. This feels like an anachronism. Was New York regarded ...
2
votes
0answers
57 views

What's a major 19th Century history of the American Revolution from a British perspective?

I recently read McCaulay's History of England, which he initially projected to cover in detail events up to the reign of Queen Victoria. I was excited to see his take on the American revolution, ...
2
votes
0answers
184 views

What is the history of the Molly, which became the USS Reprisal

According to Wikipedia, the USS Reprisal ...was the first ship of what was to become the United States Navy to be given the name promising hostile action in response to an offense. Originally ...
2
votes
0answers
365 views

What was the relationship between the Tories and Quakers?

During the period of the American Revolution, most Quakers supported the British cause. But unlike many of the Tories, they were strict pacifists. What was the relationship between the British ...
1
vote
0answers
61 views

What were the proportions of state militias in Continental Army?

The wikipedia article on the Continental Army suggests that "The army never numbered more than 17,000 men." but also lists a number of 80,000 as the peak size. The former number refers specifically ...
1
vote
0answers
103 views

Was the US debt free in 1776, as Thomas Paine claimed in “Common Sense”?

In the pamphlet's fourth chapter “Of the Present Ability of America, with Some Miscellaneous Reflections” Paine wrote that the US had no debt. However, "Common Sense" was published in 1776, by which ...