How do you move from resistance to revolution? The colonists had to address some serious issues before taking that step.
Category: Bernard Bailyn
Collection of essays on Bernard Bailyn’s book, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution
The Contagion of Liberty
The fight for liberty could be a good thing. But contagions are generally uncontrollable. They seem to have a life of their own and can travel in unexpected directions.
A Note On Conspiracy
Bernard Bailyn had previously argued that there was a “logic” to revolution. But conspiracy has a mystical edge to it, laced with rumor and innuendo. By 1769 it became nearly impossible for rational men to sit at a table and negotiate a solution.
The Logic of Rebellion
How did we move from the loss of confidence in our government, to the contemplation of rebellion? A closer look at how the colonists evolved from a state of general disenchantment to anger and then rebellion.
Power and Liberty
What is the greatest threat to liberty? Join me as we focus on liberty and what our founders perceived to be its greatest threat.