Unit 5 Discussion: The “Counter Revolution of 1776?”

The American Revolution and “Powerless Groups”

In her article Illusion of Change: Women and the American Revolution, Joan Hoff Wilson argues that women, people of color, and the poor gained little or nothing from the American Revolution. Wilson declares, “the American Revolution produced no significant benefits for American women…native Americans, blacks…most propertyless white males, and indentured servants (Wilson, History 11 Coursepack, p.153). Do you agree with Wilson’s assessment? What is your opinion regarding who benefited from the American Revolution?

Here is a link to an interesting interview on Democracy Now that highlights a similar view of the American Revolution:

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/27/counter_revolution_of_1776_was_us (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.