A review of gordon woods radicalism of the american revolution

Varner Without a discussion about slavery RAR does not rate a 5 Gordon Wood is a giant in historical circles; an expert par excellence when it comes to the American Revolution. The last half of the eighteenth century would see dramatic change. Wood demonstrates how they went on to destroy what he calls the "ligaments But Jefferson lived too long, and the future and the coming generation were not what he had expected.

If I had been in that study while I listened to Gordon S. He hated the new democratic world he saw emerging in America--a world of speculation, banks, paper money, and evangelical Christianity that he thought he had laid to rest.

However equality had a different meaning to the common man. American society was much more fluid than English society.

This meant people were on the move establishing new homesteads and new communities, breaking established ties and lines of authority.

The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood (1991, Hardcover)

At times, his arguments were hectoring. All of the preceding applied of course only to white Americans. At any rate, though the Founders obviously should have known better than to place their faith in human virtue, Mr.

Parliament following the revolution served as the counterpoint to the king but its members had a vested interest in the continuance of the monarchy.

No doubt the cost that America paid for this democracy was high--with its vulgarity, its materialism, its rootlesness, its anti-intellectualism. Academic reviews, as they were for Radicalism, were harsh, with some of them approaching the line between critique and disrespect.

Enlightenment principles cast on a distinctly fertile American culture set the stage for the American Revolution. Acceptance of the idea that competing self interest in elected officials was the best way to govern signified the demise of classical republicanism and the start of liberal democracy.

Wood starts off by introducing us to American society in the mid-eighteenth century, a society much different than our own. This is also not to say that there has been no work done on the various groups and persons who would fit such a broad characterization, but rather as subjects they have not been as appealing either for professional or purely scholarly reasons.

We can only speculate--because the chance was missed and is unlikely to be offered again--about whether an American Republic freed from the British Parliament but still subject to the Crown, and a strengthened Crown at that, might have proved more enduring.

And cohesion was not forthcoming from the federal government which was so weak that for most people it seemed practically non-existent.

The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood

Conversely, if a dressmaker had run out of work, her patrons recognizing her reliance on them would typically place orders just to keep her solvent.

It's about all the revolutions in government, economics, culture, and society that we ordinary folk clump together and misinterpret when we refer to the American Revolution. This was a world of dependence.Nov 29,  · By Gordon Wood. Oxford Univ. pp. $35 In an English radical named Richard Price published an page pamphlet called "Observations on the.

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The American Revolution: A History

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The Radicalism of the American Revolution

InWood published The Radicalism of the American Revolution with a trade publisher. That book would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize in History, but it also marks the beginning of the end for Wood as an academic historian and as a historian whom academics take seriously.

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