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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1622
AUTHOR: Henry Steele Commager (1902–98)
QUOTATION: Americans developed the resourcefulness and wisdom to solve the problem of organizing a nation in the midst of war and crisis, one of the greatest achievements of modern political history. The Americans of the Revolutionary generation proved themselves the most creative statesmen in modern history, perhaps in all history. They established institutions that have had a more lasting influence than any established anywhere else.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY STEELE COMMAGER, interview with John A. Garraty.—Garraty, Interpreting American History, Conversations with Historians, part 1, p. I–100 (1970).
SUBJECTS: Revolutionary War (1775–1783)