“Top 10 Things That Tipped Off Revolutionary War”

That’s the title of my weekend column over at RealClearHistory. Check it out:

5. The continued quartering of British soldiers. Imagine, for a moment, an Iraqi household being forced to give room and board to an American or a Polish soldier in 2005. That’s not quite what happened in the North American colonies but it’s not a far cry, either. The colonists of North America considered themselves to be British subjects of the Crown, and most were proud to be. (In fact, a little further down the list, you’ll see why the Americans, as rebels, were so adamant about liberalizing citizenship laws.) A much better analogy would be to imagine the LAPD or the Texas National Guard forcing households to give quarter to soldiers. The analogy is better, but the picture is still a frightening one.

Please, read the rest. The other 9 are also good. Heck, you might even learn something new…

One thought on ““Top 10 Things That Tipped Off Revolutionary War”

  1. Good overview. I would replace impressment, that had more to do with 1812, the colonist got impressed, sure enough, but so did native Britons, and the RN wasn’t as large as it was in the Napoleonic wars.

    I’d replace it with the Quebec Act which the New England colonists (especially) so as an intention to introduce the Episcopacy to the colonies, and the Dissenters (on the way to being Unitarians) weren’t buying any intrusion into their religion.

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