I am studying US History this semester & we’re focusing from the periods of 1500-1860. And inevitable during these periods we came across the American Reveloution. During the readings of America’s seperation from British rule, we came across the name Benedict Arnold. As we all should know bout history is that Benedict Arnold is infamous in American history because he was a American General who switched sides abruptly & joined the British.
So my question pertains to why did Benedict Arnold become so famous in American folklore, because after all, i’m sure he wasn’t the first (or last) soldier to switch sides during battle?
Plus, recent events or publications have debated that maybe Benedict Arnold’s ‘‘switch’’ was blown out of proportion. Meaning maybe he got a bad rap from American history.