Analysis Of Joseph J. Ellis 's ' The Long Run '

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Intro: Joseph J. Ellis starts out by stating in his preface that the American Revolution was both necessary and inevitable. The Revolution has been described as something that was already preordained, that, with the direction things had been headed in, the Revolution was bound to occur. With the size and power of the British army and navy, the rebellious disrupters in America should have been knocked down almost immediately, by logic’s rules. Adjacent to this lies Ellis’ statement that, “in the long run, the evolution of an independent American nation, gradually developing its political and economic strength over the nineteenth century…was probably inevitable” (5). While the inevitability of America’s evolution was to happen under British constraints, Ellis’ argument is that this was not the way history happened. His thesis argues that America’s success was not a result that could be clearly predicted, that the advancement of America as its own entity was not like how it is seen as today. Ellis then splits off into talking about how we need to be both farsighted and nearsighted in order to truly see America’s growth for what it is and has been. On the farsighted side, Ellis talks about how the isolation of North America and its large reserves of natural resources would have given America much potential to develop on its own. According to Ellis, if America could survive together for the first few stages of its development and then push through the British desire for control,

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