The ideological origins of the american revolution

The key concepts of much American thought were relatively commonplace, but their application was uniquely American. At the same time, such patriotic Americans would do well to remember that the founding of this nation was not so much a perfectly executed display of omniscience as it was a noble goal that managed to gain military victory—with the critical aid of the French—and then enough stability to overcome the hardships that lay in wait.

Textual analysis of pamphlets, which were popular during the pre-revolutionary era. But they were human beings, flawed and fallible, with their own sets of contradictions and shortcomings.

Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

The government produced out of the revolution came from an application of the previously established radical ideologies. It was a bit surprising to learn the British common law tradition had a large part in this political thinking--but particularly surprising was learning the role of relatively obscure opposition Whig writers.

But both Greece and Rome utilized slave labor and denied women any direct voice in government Sounds familiar, huh?

Bailyn is particularly adept at interweaving social, intellectual, economic, and political factors into coherent narrative history. For 18th-century republicans, a person with "virtue" owned property, possessed an intrinsic sense of morality, and was willing to subordinate his own interests for the interests of the community: The colonies had no navy, no standing army, no means of buying guns, and you could count the number of cannons they owned on one hand.

From the Greek demokratia, or "rule of the people," a democracy initially indicated a government in which the citizenry directly participated in the function of government.

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

American pamphleteers were amateurs who aimed to persuade their fellow citizens that their view was the best one.

When the stirring words of radicals like Tom Paine combined with the angry denouncements of King George III, the path was cleared for a publicly supported revolution against a monarchy that was deemed corrupt and tyrannical beyond repair.

Even at the time of the RevolutionAmerica was too sprawling and populous a country to entail such direct participation on the part of every eligible voter, even when the suffrage was limited to white, propertied males.

That made it harder for the "parents" to keep control over the American colonists. The people began to base their political theory on logic instead of desire and began to debate strategies to deal with imperial relations.

And yet, politicians, pundits, and others continue not only to worship the founding generation as though they were infallible, but they keep claiming to know what the Founding Fathers would think or say on all matter of current events. Why Should I Care? Religious thought that power would destroy men resulted in the thought that standing armies were to be closely guarded because men with arms would be most susceptible to abuse of power.

Despite these considerable restrictions, the United States became a wholly new system of government in a world primarily dominated by rigidly hierarchical, aristocratic systems.

The ultimate effect of these ideologies what that these ideas were old some literatures even in the seventeenth century but that America provided a situation where they could flourish and come to fruition through a Revolution. You know, like tarring, feathering, and publicly humiliating tax collectors.

I have my doubts that a general readership would find this book interesting: A contrarian view, but an interesting and well thought-out one.The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Bernard Bailyn The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, awarded both the Pulitzer and the Bancroft prizes, has become a classic of American historical literature.

Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Summary & Analysis. BACK; NEXT ; Setting the Scene for Independence. Antiquity—that is, the societies of ancient times—and England itself were two of the principal inspirations for American ideas about liberty, independence, and the form that the Founders envisioned for their new.

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book of history by Bernard Bailyn.

It is considered one of the most influential studies of the American Revolution published during the 20th Bernard Bailyn. Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Introduction In A Nutshell The Thirteen Colonies starting a war with the British was like Jesse Eisenberg entering the UFC ring—kind of a bad idea, but awesome (go scrappy guy!).

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution gives a unique, and innovative (for its time) perspective on the causes and ideology of the patriots before the American Revolution.

Published inBernard Bailyn makes a significant contribution to the study of the Revolution as an intellectual historian.4/5.

Revolution was above all else an ideological, constitutional, political struggle and not primarily a controversy between social groups undertaken to force changes in the organization of the society or the economy.

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