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American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement - John Jameson

American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement

Paperback Published: 21st April 1968
ISBN: 9780691005508
Number Of Pages: 124
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old

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Written when political and military history dominated the discipline, J. Franklin Jameson's "The American Revolution" Considered as a Social Movement was a pioneering work. Based on a series of four lectures he gave at Princeton University in 1925, the short book argued that the most salient feature of the American Revolution had not been the war for independence from Great Britain; it was, rather, the struggle between aristocratic values and those of the common people who tended toward a leveling democracy. American revolutionaries sought to change their government, not their society, but in destroying monarchy and establishing republics, they in fact changed their society profoundly. Jameson wrote, "The stream of revolution, once started, could not be con.ned within narrow banks, but spread abroad upon the land."

Jameson's book was among the first to bring social analysis to the fore of American history. Examining the effects the American Revolution had on business, intellectual and religious life, slavery, land ownership, and interactions between members of different social classes, Jameson showed the extent of the social reforms won at home during the war. By looking beyond the political and probing the social aspects of this seminal event, Jameson forced a reexamination of revolution as a social phenomenon and, as one reviewer put it, injected a "liberal spirit" into the study of American history. Still in print after nearly eighty years, the book is a classic of American historiography.

J. Franklin Jamesonp. v
Introductionp. ix
The Revolution and the Status of Personsp. 3
The Revolution and the Landp. 27
Industry and Commercep. 47
Thought and Feelingp. 74
Indexp. 101
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ISBN: 9780691005508
ISBN-10: 0691005508
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old
For Grades: 9 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 124
Published: 21st April 1968
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.9  x 0.86
Weight (kg): 0.13