What does a kind of revolution mean?
Similarly one may ask, what does Zinn mean by a kind of revolution?
The title of chapter five in Zinn is “A Kind of Revolution”, this title represents the main idea of the chapter that while the American battle for independence is called a revolution, it was not that way for even half of the nation, nor did it benefit a large portion of the new Nation after the revolution.
One may also ask, how does Zinn describe the American Revolution in this chapter? Zinn describes the American Revolution as "the most effective system of national control devised in modern times." By the 1760s the colonies had several established political and social leaders. These leaders noticed discontent in the rest of the people and decided to redirect this discontent toward England.
Herein, what does Howard Zinn argue about the American Revolution?
Zinn's view was that traditional American histories were sympathetic to the nation's social and economic elites. The aim of the revolution, Zinn argues, was to divert colonial class anger of the 1760s, shifting it away from colonial assemblies and onto the British government.
What was unique about the American Revolution?
The events of 1775-1781 are called the War for Independence, but also the American Revolution. The revolution was this idea: that each person is a sovereign individual, with certain inalienable, God-given rights, and that the purpose of government is not to dispense rights, but to protect them.