Essays on the American Revolution: Stephen G. Kurtz, …
Essays on the American Revolution: Kurtz, Stephen G., …
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Essays on the American Revolution Kurtz, Stephen G., and James H
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Essays on the American Revolution on JSTOR
The crucial breakout from the miasma of American historiography ofthe Revolution came from one man. He was able by sheer force ofscholarship to overthrow the Consensus and Progressive views and toestablish a new interpretation of the causes of the AmericanRevolution. This was Harvard Professor Bernard Bailyn, who, breakingthrough the hermetic separation of European and American historians,found his inspiration in the great work of Caroline Robbins, The Eighteenth Century Commonwealthman.For Bailyn realized that Professor Robbins had discovered the "missinglink" in the transmission of radical libertarian thought after JohnLocke. She had found it in a group of dedicated writers, inspired bythe English Revolution of the seventeenth century, who continued toreject the centrist Whig settlement of the eighteenth century. Thesewriters carried forward the ideals of natural rights and individualliberty. In the course of editing a volume of Revolutionary pamphlets,Bailyn discovered that Americans were indeed influenced, on a massivescale, by these libertarian articles and pamphlets. Many of thesepublications were reprinted widely in the American colonies, andclearly influenced the revolutionary leaders. The most important shaperof this libertarian viewpoint was Cato's Letters, a series ofnewspaper articles in England in the early 1720s written by JohnTrenchard and his young disciple Thomas Gordon. The collected Cato's Letters were republished many times in eighteenth century England and America.