The name “Benedict Arnold” is synonymous with “traitor” in American History. While there is no excusing Arnold’s treachery and broken oath as an American officer, perhaps we have created such a despicable man that we’ve ignored what he actually did for the Colonial Cause.
You see, Benedict Arnold was not born with “traitor” stamped on his forehead. However, his treachery is usually all that he’s remembered for. Today, we’ll re-examine the “ideal traitor”, trying to understand his usefulness to America (before his infamous action) and the motives behind his turncoat behavior.