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.
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.