Revolutionary War And The Beggining Of The New Republic My Understanding of the American Revolutionary War and The Beginnings of the New Republic The American Revolution was inevitably going to occur, but was how the American Indians treated really inevitable or just another sign of the colonists greed? Throughout the American colonists stay in America they consistently had a hunger for land that was not theirs and always wanted more land than they agreed to take in various agreements, contracts and treaties. It seemed that there was no way that American Indians would be able to appease the colonists. The colonists in general were greedy. Regardless of what the subject matter, if the colonists felt they were being done an injustice they retaliated and whined until they got their way. Before the American Revolution occurred, England and the American colonists were able to live and prosper peacefully without even considering a break for thirteen years prior to the shot heard around the world.
The idea of England and the colonists fighting was even explained to the American Indians as a quarrel between father and son. It was a family quarrel and most people from outside the family did not want to get involved in it. As time went by the French and even the American Indians managed to choose sides to fight on however. For the most part the colonists were just transplanted English men and women. The colonists largely just wanted to be recognized in English politics or even just as gentlemen.
The American colonies were set up as English outposts and what happened within these outposts modeled what occurred daily in England. In time however the colonists would realize that England thought of the colonists as less than Englishmen. It seemed that the colonists could never quite get “it” right, or do “it” well enough. Whatever “it” was, was exactly what the colonists wanted and it annoyed the colonists that they could never accomplish that task. For the most part those people trying to obtain this goal of English status were those colonists in the upper class in colonial standings.
Even though America was seen as a place of opportunity it still held class separation. Everyone was expected to know their place, the colonial gentlemen knew theirs, as did the women and the working class, and the slaves were expected to learn their place among society. The primary purpose of these films is to inform. They are set up to give us the facts from different parts of the same story. Liberty Part I is focused on what was occurring in the colonies that contributed to the occurrence of the Revolution. Liberty Part II is about what actually happened during the American Revolution. Africans in the Americas focused on what was going in with Africans in the colonies at this time and how their lives were being affected by the Revolution. The Revolution and the Iroquois Confederacy was about the creation of the Iroquois confederacy and how it was pulled apart initially by necessity during the French and Indian war and than by pressure from both the Americans and than the English and eventually each other during the American Revolution.
This film discusses how the aforementioned happened and what happened to the confederacy and its members as a result of being separated from their peaceful union of nations. Washington; The Man Who Would Not Be King is focused on how Washington developed from a man who wanted nothing more than to serve as an officer in the British army to one who was able to make decisions that required sacrifice. Jefferson; A View from The Mountain is about Thomas Jefferson, his background and what happened to him during the course of the time period these films address. I do feel that the biggest point that this particular film got across was that Jefferson was undergoing a huge personal struggle about the concept of slavery. All of the subjects of these films tie together to inform us of the true and complete story of what happened in the years preceding the Revolutionary War and those that followed it during the creation of the United States of America, the presidency, and the Constitution. The films let us know about various views of the Revolution and allow us to tie the story together in a manner in which we can understand what was going on in the minds of opposing parties of the war, but still allow us to make our own realizations about what occurred at that time in history.
These films are almost entirely focused on the intellect. Listening to what is being said is sometimes amazing to even hear. I found some of the information on Washington to be particularly interesting because he was able to make so many mistakes and errors that impacted a lot of people yet still continue and become a prominent figure in American society. I believe that this is largely due to the fact that he became a man that was able to learn from his mistakes and grow from the experience. However I understand why the Indians call him “destroyer of towns.” It is better than a variety of the names I could have thought up if I was alive to witness how the Indians sacrificed their own people to try and help him and his soldiers, especially during the winter he and his troops spent at Valley Forge. One fact that I found particularly interesting is that the Oneida’s, the one nation that helped Washington and his men the most was treated the worst after the war.
Their entire nation, which had previously lived on 160 acres, was now forced to live on 32 acres, a drastic decrease in land. In Liberty Part I and II it is very clear that the intellect is being focused on because of the vast array of facts being put in front of you. These films gave a very good introduction into those events that led up to the Revolution as well as how the colonists and English had changes of opinion regarding their feelings about the other. These films explain how the colonists really never had any sense of nationalism until the first shots of revolt are fired. The film does explain how the attitudes began to change and how some of the things the English did actually contributed to the Americans ability to separate from their parent country.
The colonies were whiny children of an uncaring parent. Africans in the Americas and The Revolution and the Iroquois Confederacy were probably the only films that focused towards the emotions. These two films I believe touch more on what happens personally to the Africans and to the Indians and gets more involved into how it effects them personally. The Revolution and the Iroquois Confederacy explains how the Revolution encouraging the Iroquois people to fight on both sides resulted in brother fighting brother. The Iroquois people had begun to fight their own civil war without a cause to try and help their neighbors.
What really grabs your emotions however is the fact that nothing was ever done to help the Indians, especially those that fought on the side of the Americans. Instead of being thanked, they are ignored and exploited by those they had helped. It seems to be that there is even less of a possibility of the American Indians being able to coexist with the white man than there is of the colonists becoming English gentlemen. In the Africans in the Americas film your emotions are touched by the history being told as a personal account of one mans life and the ordeals he must overcome to succeed in his goals due to the situation with which he was dealt. In between accounts of what is going on in his particular life the film maker keeps the viewer informed of what is going on in the rest of the world in relation to what is happening in this case Venture’s life.
Washington; the Man Who not Be King and Jefferson; A View from the Mountain were films that focused on the intellect, although I felt that the Jefferson film reached a bit more towards the emotions than the Washington film. These two films gave a lot of information about how Washington and Jefferson’s individual lives fitted into the war and how their views and opinions were changed by it. Jefferson’s views contained a conflicting bias. He had grown up in a family that supported the slave business as a means of survival. He had felt trapped by it, but while living he could not find a way to free his slaves without selling them or ruining his business. As far as I am concerned, I do not really have any personal biases or opinions on this subject because I really don’t have a whole lot of English, French, American Indian or even African American ancestors, if I do it is so small and so far back that it has not effected the family views that were passed down to me.
I understand that if the French had won the French and Indian War I may have been speaking French now. I understand that if the English had won the Revolutionary War I may have been living in a society that bows to a king. I also understand that if at …