TheAmerican Revolution: David vs. Goliath?
TheAmerican Revolution ensued between 1765 and 1783 (Kennedy 34 – 38).The Revolution was a political upheaval, where the settlers in thethirteen American societies vetoed British rule and founded theUnited States of America. In many ways, this revolution can beforwarded as a depiction of the David versus Goliath story. Reasonbeing, compared to the British forces, the American troops wereill-equipped (Appleby 75). The same also holds water in the story ofthe Israelites versus the Philistines, where no Israelite soldiercould be compared to Goliath, in size and strength (Bible Gateway).My account, as a militia in the Continental Army, reveals why theAmerican Revolution is a clear depiction of the David versus Goliathstory.
Tobegin with British commanders relied on convincing the Americans thatthe British army was superior, to induce the Americans to surrenderwithout the anxiety of being hanged for treason (Appleby 95). GeneralHowe placed many troops in New York City to intimidate Americans andinvited delegates from the Continental Congress and promised themthat their lives would be spared if they swore loyalty to the kingand surrendered. I believed this tactic was similar to the one usedby the Philistines against the Israelites. To intimidate theIsraelites, the Philistines invited Goliath, a champion and a giantfrom Gath, to help them fight the Israelites (Bible Gateway).
However,in spite of the might of the British army, George Washington decidedto launch an attack against the British troops (Appleby 96). OnDecember 25th, 1776, Washington led us (2400 men) across the icyDelaware River, from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and after marchingnine miles, we defeated Hessian mercenaries at Trenton, and severaldays later, defeated three British Regiments at Princeton. I felt ourvictory was more like that of David against Goliath. David had savedhis father`s livestock from a lion and a bear, so he believed hewould do the same to Goliath. Using a sling and a stick, David struckGoliath on the forehead and defeated him (Bible Gateway).
Aftersecuring some towns, we (the Continental Army) felt motivated tocontinue our campaign to recover the independence of our country(America). We expanded our campaign to the East, under the leadershipof George Rogers Clark, and captured several towns (Appleby 97). Atone point, the British captured one of our cities however, inFebruary 1779, they surrendered it, allowing us to gain control ofthe West. Later, we pursued the British at sea and then expanded ourcampaign to the South, where we engaged the British in the Battle ofYorktown, forcing them to sign the September 3rd, 1783, Treaty ofParis. This treaty recognized America as an independent nation (99).I viewed the events that had unfolded as being similar to those thattook place during the war between the Israelites and Philistines.After David had defeated Goliath, the Israelites pursued thePalestinians to Gath and Ekron (Bible Gateway). These events led theIsraelites to secure the land of the Philistines, which had beenpromised to them by God (Genesis 21: 33-34).
Ina recap of the above discussion, the American Revolution was apolitical upheaval between the Americans and British. The Americanssought to gain independence from the oppressive British rule. Theevents that took place during the revolution, which, in many ways,can be linked to the battle between David and Goliath.
Appleby,Joyce Oldham. The American Republic Since 1877. New York: GlencoeMcGraw-Hill, 2003. Retrieved fromhttp://misdtx.schoolwires.com/cms/lib/tx21000394/centricity/domain/112/ch03a.pdf
BibleGateway. "Bible Gateway Passage: 1 Samuel 17 – New InternationalVersion." Bible Gateway. N.p., 2016. Retrieved fromhttps://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+17
Kennedy,Frances H. The American Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2013.Print.