1776 – 1781

  1. Brinton’s Paradigm of Revolution
    1. Old Regime (Conservative)
      1. Weak economy
      2. Weak government
      3. Conflict between classes
      4. New ideas
    2. First Stages
      1. Symbolic Acts (Stamp Acts, Tea Party)
      2. Planning (Congress’s)
      3. Role of Force (Continental Army, Minutemen)
    3. Moderates
      1. Diplomacy
      2. Moderates take charge
        1. Petition
        2. Continental Congress
        3. Boycotts
    4. Extremists (Radical left)
      1. Coup d’etat
        1. New government
      2. Declare independence
        1. Guerrilla warfare
      3. Organization
        1. Continental army, congress
    5. Reign of Terror
      1. Extremists kill moderates/conservatives
      2. Forced to support revolution
        1. “patriotism”
      3. Pressure of war, economy
    6. New Government
      1. Laws, leaders, constitution
      2. Power from the people
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