The military struggle may frankly be regarded for what it actually was, namely a war for independence, an armed attempt to impose the views of the revolutionists upon the British government and large sections of the colonial population at whatever cost to freedom of opinion or the sanctity of life and property.
Arthur Schlesinger (1888–1965), U.S. historian. repr. In The Ambiguity of the American Revolution, ed. J.P. Green (1968). "The American Revolution Reconsidered," Political Science Quarterly (New York, March 1919).