The Real Revolution The latest scholarship on the war for independence casts new light on some well-told tales, including why patriots really fought—it wasn't always for the cause of liberty—and what turned a famous war hero into an infamous traitor.
The American Revolution
The one-time war hero, Benedict Arnold, chose a path of betrayal.
An invention paves the way for modern submarine warfare.
Despite his share of tactical errors, the commander in chief prevailed as a strategist and a politician.
Baron de Steuben may have been a fraud but he knew how to wage war.
America needed the French to defeat Britain, but it was Paris that lost in the end.
Americans slaughtered their countrymen in the bloody Battle of Waxhaws in South Carolina.
Many soldiers were not necessarily driven by the cause of liberty.
How the canny Ben Franklin talked the French into a crucial alliance.
Forty Indian villages--and a powerful nation--were razed on the orders of George Washington.
Every schoolchild knows the story, but most of it is wrong.
Privateers plundered British ships and made fortunes, to boot.
African-Americans ended up on both sides of the war even though they shared the goal of evading slavery.
CREDITS: George Washington Crossing The Delaware River: ART RESOURCE; Minutemen Fighting the British: ART RESOURCE; Benedict Arnold: BROWN UNIVERSITY LIBRARY--BRIDGEMAN ART LIBRARY; Benjamin Franklin: STOCK MONTAGE--GETTY IMAGES; Graphic; STEPHEN ROUNTREE FOR USN&WR