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 received his B.A. from Tufts University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Since 1969 he has been at Brown University, where he is a professor of history. In 1970 his book The Creation of the American Republic 1776—1787 was nominated for the National Book Award and received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes. In 1993 he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Radicalism of the American Revolution. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
From the Hardcover edition.
"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