American Revolution-Individuals

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The purpose of this blog is to extend my lesson on the American Revolution. If you remember the question that we considered was Would you join the American Revolution? We also looked at several sources to determine who would have joined and who would not. To follow up, I wanted to share a podcast on a book titled Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal.

According to Kathleen DuVal who revolted and why? Was Independence gained by all?

As we know the American Revolution was more than just the Founding Fathers and ordinary people often get overlooked. Furthermore, historians argue that the American Revolution occurred during the Age of Revolution. According to Janet Polasky’s work, Revolution without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World, travelers were responsible for spreading notions of liberty and independence. This argument suggests that the Founding Fathers were not the only ones who thought about independence. Furthermore, the notion of the Revolution was not limited to colonial America. For more on this historical scholarship, you can listen to the following podcast:

According to Polasky, who else engaged in the Age of Revolution? What role did things like      newspapers play in the American Revolution? Finally, does Polasky suggest that the spread of ideas influences the actions of the Revolution around the world?

Ben Franklin’s World did a wonderful series on the roles of individuals during the American Revolution which can be found below. On the site they suggest other podcasts to check out and I strongly encourage my students to do so.

Check out Episode 145: Rosemarie Zagarri, Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution

Historians are using podcasting in fascinating ways to recount the American Revolution, but other sources that will help you determine who did and did not join the American Revolution can be found in digital exhibits.

Start by checking out, the link provided helps you explore the Museum of the American Revolution

What stood out from this exhibit? Did you explore the narratives of individuals and whose side were they on?

Additional, you can check out Google Art and Culture’s American Revolution collection

Lastly, historians and students have taken to the internet to tweet the American Revolution

Can we truly recreate the past and their sentiments through Twitter and were those that did it successful, in your opinion?


Leutze, Emanuel. Washington Crossing the Delaware. 1851. Illustration. Accessed November 30, 2019.

Liz Covart, interview with Kathleen DuVual, Ben Franklin’s World, podcast audio episode 037,

Liz Covart, interview with Janet Polasky, Ben Franklin’s World, podcast audio episode 165,

Liz Covart, interview with Rosemarie Zagarri, Ben Franklin’s World, podcast audio episode 145,