Use of Espionage During the American Revolution Essay

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“There is one evil I dread, and that is, their spies. I could wish therefore the most attentive watch be kept… I wish a dozen or more honest sensible and diligent men, were employed… in order to question, cross-question, etc., all such persons as are unknown, and cannot give an account of themselves in a straight and satisfactory manner… I think it a matter of importance to prevent these [Tory spies] from obtaining intelligence of our situation. ” – George Washington
The American Revolution was a time when colonial peoples were forced to develop a Patriot identity separate from that of the British. The evolution of espionage provides a paradigm case to support the shift in identity. The role of espionage is really only seen through the
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It not only changed the essence of American society but also affected the outcome of succeeding history.”
This becomes evident in the ways that the Americans and the British understand and take part in the act of Espionage. The attitude of the colonists functions as a barometer for the social changes that ensued during the revolution. Ever since Ian Fleming wrote his first James Bond book, the notion of the spy has become a pop culture icon, with other authors such as Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum contributing to the mystic surrounding them and countless television and movies that contribute to the idea. But if we look back at the eighteenth century, the idea of a spy and espionage was a far less favorable task than we are led to believe. Popular culture often depicts spies as a one man army but in real life most spies are just analyze information and then send it to the appropriate superiors. The stereotype of a Spy was one of a traitors and greedy crook, but the spies in the colonies were nothing like that at all. Even though spying was vilified it was still prominent in the conflict of the war. Although espionage played a role

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