American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement

ISBN-10: 0691005508

ISBN-13: 9780691005508

Edition: 1968

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Description: Written when political and military history dominated the discipline, J. Franklin Jameson'sThe American RevolutionConsidered 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.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1968
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/21/1968
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

J. Franklin Jameson
Introduction
The Revolution and the Status of Persons
The Revolution and the Land
Industry and Commerce
Thought and Feeling
Index
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