To this day historians actively debate the character of the American Revolution. Was it radical or conservative? Were the revolutionaries egalitarian or greedy? Did the revolution do more to expand rights or curtail them? In this structured academic controversy (SAC), students work in teams to read primary sources to answer the question: Was the American Revolution virtuous?
Image: An engraving of the Declaration of Independence by John Binns, 1818. From the Library of Congress.