THE NATIONS: The Birthday Spirit

It was not George III but Parliament who attempted to tax America. The most that can be alleged against the King is that he stood by Parliament in their quarrel with the American people. The Americans demanded independence of Parliament, not separation from the Crown. They were ready to acknowledge George III as their King provided they were allowed to govern themselves. —"1776, the British Story of the American Revolution"

As this brisk defense of George III shows, the British still differ with the U.S. over what happened in 1776. But after 200...

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