Now an established classic, Intellectual Origins of American Radicalism was the first book to explore this alternative current of American political thought. Stemming back to the seventeenth-century English Revolution, many questioned private property, the sovereignty of the nation-state, and slavery, and affirmed the common man’s ability to govern. By the time of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine was the great exemplar of the alternative intellectual tradition. In the nineteenth century, the antislavery movement took hold of Thomas Paine’s ideas and fashioned them into an ideology that ultimately justified civil war. This updated edition contains a new preface by the author, which describes the inquiries that he undertook in his books of the 1960s and their conclusions. David Waldstreicher has contributed a new historiographical essay that discusses the book’s lasting importance and contrasts its ideas with the work of Bernard Bailyn and Gordon Wood.
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Meet the Author
Staughton Lynd received his BA from Harvard College and his MA and PhD from Columbia University. He taught at Spelman College and at Yale University. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of more than a dozen books and has published articles in journals including the Journal of American History, the William and Mary Quarterly, and the Political Science Quarterly.
David Waldstreicher is a professor of history at Temple University.
Preface; Introduction: the right of revolution; Part I. Theory: 1. Truths self-evident; 2. Certain inalienable rights; Part II. Praxis: 3. The earth belongs to the living; 4. Cast your whole vote; 5. My country is the world; Conclusion: bicameralism from below; Afterword David Waldstreicher.