So we’ve declared independence (AKA committed Treason), have a small military not ready for war, and want to start America… now what? In July 1776, the Founders really had their work cut out for them. Not only did they have to win a war against the greatest military of the time and avoid being hanged for treason, but if they succeeded in winning the war they had to figure out how to establish a new country, of a type that had never before existed: a large, democratic republic. Prof. Sarah Burns explains some of the challenges they faced, and why it’s important to reflect on those challenges today.


  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Higher Education


American Revolution, America's Founding, Revolutionary War, American Independence, Declaration of Independence, John Locke, Lockean principles, radical Whig theory, Founding Fathers, democracy



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Rebecca Biel
June 8, 2017
This video is unusable in a 21st century classroom because of its single narrative. It contains no modern research on the role of the Iroquois Confederacy nor the conflict with…

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