In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian depicts much more than a break with England. He gives readers a revolution that transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose emerging realities sometimes baffled and disappointed its founding fathers.
Table of Contents
1. Hierarchy 2. Patricians and Plebeians 3. Patriarchal Dependence 4. Patronage 5. Political Authority
6. The Republicanization of Monarchy 7. A Truncated Society 8. Loosening the Bands of Society 9. Enlightened Paternalism 10. Revolution 11. Enlightenment 12. Benevolence
13. Equality 14. Interests 15. The Assault on Aristocracy 16. Democratic Officeholding 17. A World Within Themselves 18. The Celebration of Commerce 19. Middle-Class Order
Gordon S. Wood
About Gordon S. Wood
Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University. His 1969 book, The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes and was nominated for the National Book Award. His 1992 book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. His 2009 book, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, won the New-York Historical Society Prize in American History. In 2011 Wood was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama. Wood contributes regularly to the New Republic and the New York Review of Books.
"The most important study of the American Revolution to appear in over twenty years ... a landmark book." —The New York Times Book Review
"A breathtaking social, political, and ideological analysis. This book will set the agenda for discussion for some time to come." —Richard L. Bushman
WINNER 1993 Pulitzer Prize WINNER 1992 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award
The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood