Rebels and Redcoats
The War of Independence plays such an important part in American
popular ideology that references to it are especially prone to
exaggeration and oversimplification. And two uncomfortable truths about
it - the fact that it was a civil war (perhaps 100,000 loyalists fled
abroad at its end), and that it was also a world war (the Americans
could scarcely have won without French help) - are often forgotten.