The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution / Edition 2by Bernard Bailyn
Pub. Date: 03/28/1992
To the original text of what has become a classic of American historical literature, Bernard Bailyn adds a substantial essay, "Fulfillment," as a Postscript. Here he discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the national government and the original principles of the Revolution. This detailed study of the persistence of the nation's ideological origins adds a new dimension to the book and projects its meaning forward into vital current concerns.
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Table of Contents
I. The Literature of Revolution
II. Sources and Traditions
III. Power and Liberty: A Theory of Politics
IV. The Logic of Rebellion
A Note on Conspiracy
1. Representation and Consent
2. Constitution and Rights
VI. The Contagion of Liberty
2. Establishment of Religion
3. The Democracy Unleashed
4. "Whether Some Degree of Respect Be Not Always Due from Inferiors to Superiors"
Postscript. Fulfillment: A Commentary on the Constitution
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Compelling reading for those who want to understand better the issues and arguments that drove the true American Revolution - that of ideas, not the war. Very interesting analysis of the key components leading up to the war and the framing of the new form of government for the United States. Extraordinary parallels between the actions and attitudes of the pro- and anti- British forces in the 1750s and 1760s and our own current political debate today. Great research and a plethora of references for those seeking additional information.
Whether the Bible or Old English Lit, or History, the context of societal events is a must for understanding. Bernard Bailyn gives life to the mindset of colonial pre-America, its' debates, writters and speeches of their time, from both continents plus noting historical writings that held sway. You won't find these informative historical references in the Common Core history curriculum.