Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Tommy Thompson

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Overfield


In any discussion of military-state relationships relative to the formation of the first American army and government, one must consider the fact that Americans feared the military due to their pre-revolutionary experience. As colonists they forumlated their own ideas on what the American military should be. The militia concept appeared to fill their needs. Forced into a war for which they were totally unprepared, they gradually formed a government and the military force that would produce a victory. However, the road to that victory was paved with frustrations, both military and governmental.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College Universit of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Arts. Copyright 1976, George J. Shuflata

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