The narrative suggests that the war for American independence was not inevitable, that the British empire could have been saved. Do you agree? At what point during the imperial crisis was peaceful compromise possible?
2. Who was to blame for Britain’s failure to win a quick victory over the American rebels: General Howe, General Burgoyne, or the ministers in London? Explain your answer.
3. Why did Britain switch to a Southern military strategy? Why did that strategy ultimately fail?
4. Why was the Constitution a controversial document even as it was being written?