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PostAmerican War of Independence from the UK Perspective (David Pike, France, 11/13/17 3:38 am)
I am intensely interested in this epic of the American War of Independence. I presented the story at my University in 2015, under the title "The King versus the Constitution," on the occasion of my 85th birthday. It was filmed, and I have totally forgotten if I sent the film to WAIS.
A similar presentation was given in Minnesota when I was the guest of my good WAISer friend Enrique Torner. My best performance was the one to the English-Speaking Union, because I respond best to a large audience, but that one was not filmed. None of these presentations satisfy me because I did not give enough time to the role of Edmund Burke. That is why I plan to do it again on video in England in the spring.
What I've noticed in all places is the surprise, both among Americans and Britons, to find that there was such strong support in the UK for American resistance, with an antiwar movement in England so similar to that against the war in Vietnam. I would like to suggest to Istvan Simon (12 November) that I send my new version to the moderator who serves in the organization supplying material to American schools. In England I am presenting it to my old school, and while it's not for young children, it's certainly suitable for high school students.
JE comments: David, we need to upload your talk to YouTube. Americans fail to realize how much the antiwar sentiment in Britain helped the independence cause. Historians don't do hypotheticals, but it's a safe bet that had England been willing to commit as many resources as necessary to subdue the Colonial rabble, it could have done so.