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The Revolutionary war also known as the American revolutionary is an era that marked the American history of restoring peace and independence. In this era, the Americans teamed up and started a war against their colonialist. The war was led by various American Revolutionist who formed a continental war and appointed Washington as their commander in chief. Washington led to the victory of Americans in defeating the Europeans and it led to a stalemate in the American history. The continental congress on July 4th voted to adopt the declaration of independence and the unification of Americans.

The traditional story of this era leads to misconception and beliefs and the emergence of myths among the American citizens. The story of the revolution has been passed from generation to generation and several myths have been developed during the passage. Many books have been written explaining every bit of detailed information of the American history. This story has been taught in schools and various institutions have employed this story as a motivation. Different sources of this story have led to the development of various myths. These myths include the date the United States became independent, biting of clay pipes to avoid germs, the war was fought over foreign taxes, the doctors used leeches to bleed patients and many more. These myths led to a different perspective of the revolutionary and diverse ideas of the story.

The picture of “founding fathers” painted by Zinn, Loewens, Brands, and Lepore differ from the stories we often learn in history courses in several ways. Brands argue that the interest of people on the Founding Fathers has declined and developed over time. Brands also state that the Americans support the development made by the Founding Fathers and yet, they still blame them for other reasons. With the struggle of the Founding Fathers and the effort they made in fighting for independence, Americans still argue about what they fought for. According to Lepore the importance of our Founding fathers is not what is seen in the American state today. The results of what is seen in America today are not depicted in the history of the Founding Fathers.

Loewen argues that the Founding did not interact with slaves, Indians, those who own property and they interacted with people of the class and traded together yet, what we see today is different. The salves were subject to the masters in that era and with their suffering, they still paid high taxes. Today American have the heart of helping and creating peace, unlike the Founding Fathers who were greed and brutal. From a Marxist point of view, Zinn approaches the beliefs of the Founding Fathers and their contribution to the American development. He argues that history is grouped into different classes competing against each other. He believes that the constitution was written to favor some classes and yet, America is a democratic country. The Americans hold a free and fair election as it is their democratic right. Zinn argument on the Founding Father doesn’t support the American rights and freedom, therefore, Zinn arguments are not what is seen and practiced in the American soil.

The American Revolutionary era was about the development of the American state and restoration of peace and humanity among the American people. The colonialist had become brutal and had introduced higher taxes and foreign taxes contrary to what the Americans expected. This resulted in a conquest by the Americans to fight colonialist to gain their independence. The American ability to fight was supported by serious Revolutionists who had the aim of bringing back the face of the American history. The desire to bring led to the attainment of independence on 4th July 1776 and this marked a long-term history in the American soil. Although, the Founding Father according to Zinn argument had the aim of benefiting themselves but also they helped in developing and defending the Americans from the brutal colonialist.

Zinn argues that the ultimate cause of the war was the military conflict and it dominated the entire American soil. The desire for revolution and independence was the solution and elites discovered that waging war against the colonialist was the solution since they believed that war made them more secure. Americans wanted peace and time for development and this led them not join World War 1 in 1917.Zinn argues that the constitution had an economic interest in developing a strong long-term government. The business owners wanted security to protect their property and the slave owners needed protection. Money lenders had the desire to use paper money to pay their debts, therefore the Revolutionaries developed a well-structured system to control the American economy. The American economy started growing rapidly and infrastructure was improved. The skillful Americans majored their work in research and many inventions were made. These inventions reduced the manpower and resulted in the reduction of slavery.

I agree with Zinn argument on the causes of war and the constitution to be since a stalemate was the solution. Americans wanted peace, security, and development. The elites drafted laws to be followed and the punishment on law offenders was also passed. Law court was established to pass judgment on the law offenders, an example of the judgments was death and forced slavery. The elites also introduced taxes to control the economy and to help in development projects. The invention of paper money led to the fear of inflation, therefore, banks were introduced to help in controlling inflation. The introduction of paper money also led to different classes.

The constant belief of the mythologies of the Revolution can have long-term consequences such as cold war and the race of arms acquisition and constant social attacks through media. The myth that war was between the colonialist and the British can lead to enmity between countries. This myth is characterized by constant support of France in the acquisition of America’s independence. France is believed to have provided Americans with various arms to fight the British colonialist. This myth can spoil the current relationship between France and Britain, however, the relationship can be maintained when these relationships are avoided. The myths describe that Americans fought for liberty and waged war against their enemies, therefore, nations can adopt these myths and implement them in reality and it can lead to another world war. As we have seen in the discussion these mythologies should be erased in the minds of people and deleted from the generation.

These mythologies can be canonized in the popular in various ways. Political leaders and church leaders can declare these myths to be true and can be implemented. Political leaders can control a nation and can change the beliefs of some people to benefit their needs. Political leaders can manipulate an original idea into a lie, yet they know it’s a vague idea. Most countries are ruled by monarchial hereditary laws which include the inheritance of certain believes. These monarchial nations have the can easily mislead their citizens with mythical issues passed through inheritance. Church leaders are also advantaged in misleading their believers with different myths contrary to the church believes, therefore, leading to the religious rivalry.

In conclusion, we have realized American Revolution as a major historical event that marked the beginning of American nation has the superpower up-to-date. The revolutionary war against the colonialist strengthened the Americans politically. Powerful political leaders emerged and helped in building the American economy and restoring the peace between other nations. The myths we have studied are among the key important factors that helped in the growth of American economy. The Founding fathers according to Zinn, Brand, Loewen, and Lepore are the key figures in the contribution of Americans history.


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