There was also a sense that they had a great deal in common. When Abraham Lincoln sought to define the significance of the United States, he naturally looked back to the American Revolution.
And most colonists did not answer to the Anglican Church which the king used to extend his authority. Has the Tory population been overlooked too? But the shift in thinking caused for the first time many white Americans to see that slavery was wrong.
After serving in the U. The leaders and most educated tended to be deists -- they saw God as the great mover and were doubtful of the divinity of Christ. Christopher, Elizabeth and Amy. Along with a copious bibliography, the book is perfect and concise enough to manage in a week.
Causality and Deceit in the Eighteenth century"and "Interests and Disinterestedness in the Making of the Constitution " These are the questions this short history seeks to answer. Our noblest ideals and aspirations-our commitments to freedom, constitutionalism, the well-being of ordinary people, and equality-came out of the Revolutionary era.
Many of these delegates had never met another from a different part of the country. He gathered all federal and state debts and consolidated them as national debts. This was not the outcome the revolutionary leaders had envisioned and those that survived to see it begin to unfold were appalled.
All this, then the preparations for military action and the fighting itself, are described with great elegance and crispness. Did that carry over to the general population? By the early s, support in Britain to continue the war was very weak. Air Force in Japanduring which time he earned an A.
Having won a Pulitzer in for his book The Radicalism of the American Revolutionwhich demonstrated how society and culture were transformed, Wood is clearly on strong territory when it comes to the real-life effects of the move from monarchical to republican society - on popular religion, the economy, education, the family and the slavery question.
Wood Actually, we're finding more and more an important role than we had hitherto known.
Communities and towns were small and run by a few powerful men in a well-defined hierarchy. Frankie You said that we are just learning about women's involvement in the Revolution.
What were its consequences? Professor Wood has written numerous other books, including "The Creation of the American Republic ," which was nominated for the National Book Award. Along the way, Wood does a fine job of explaining why the culture of the American colonies was more united than they gave themselves credit for, why it was overwhelmingly optimistic, with a bent on radical equality of the sort that British people had not hoped for in over years.
In England republicanism was constrained by an established hierarchy running from the king through Parliament, the nobles and the gentry who controlled their tenants, servants and laborers. First of all, they did not fear the people, at the outset. Economic opportunity grew and American commoners were far better off than their English counterparts.
No doubt the story is a dramatic one: He knew that the Revolution not only had legally created the United States, but also had produced all of the great hopes and values of the American people.
The Coercive Acts won back a lot of sympathy. He jokingly described Gingrich's praise in an interview on C-SPAN in as "the kiss of death for me among a lot of academics, who are not right-wing Republicans. Apr 12, Jason rated it it was amazing Professor Wood, considered by many to be one of the better historians of the American Revolution, has written perhaps the classic summary of the conflict that founded one nation,ended the first empire of another and has changed the world.
Except for Jefferson, he most personified the Enlightenment.
Standards of living were going up as cross-Atlantic trade flourished and settlements developed their own manufacturing, undermining the old paternalistic structure of colonial society.
Not only because of the money they lent to the U. Instead, it turned the colonists even more deeply against the British government. He thought he could put blame on local officials -- absolving the imperial officials in London.Jul 24, · Eleven essays encompass the entire career of the historian Gordon S.
Wood, whose work re-envisioned the American Revolution and, unusually, has. In he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Radicalism of the American Revolution. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
He lives in Providence, Rhode Island. From the Hardcover edition.3/5(1).
This is the second part of a two-part interview with Gordon Wood, a leading historian of the American Revolution.
Part one was posted March 3. Wood’s book, The Radicalism of the American. Along with Bernard Bailyn, Gordon Wood (who was immortalized to the non-academic world in GOOD WILL HUNTING, when Will accused the Harvard intellectual bully in the bar of plagiarizing his arguments from Wood) is the foremost authority of his generation on the ideological sources of the American Revolution.
The American Revolution: A History and millions of other books are available for instant access. I recently read Gordon S. Wood's work “The American Revolution” as a brief overview to refresh myself on the subject. Read more.
Published 28 days ago. carl foster. out of 5 stars Five Stars/5(). Gordon Wood is Professor of History at Brown University. He is one of the foremost scholars on the American Revolution in the country.
His book, "The Radicalism of the American Revolution," won the Pulitzer Prize in It is considered among the definitive works on the social, political and economic consequences of the Revolutionary War.Download