What caused the American Revolution?
Was it the issue of ‘No Taxation without Representation?’ Was it conflict and change in the social order of colonial and British society? Or, was the Revolution about differences in ideas about governance and the roles government should play in society?
In this episode of the Doing History: To the Revolution series, we explore one set of ideas about the origins of the American Revolution with Bernard Bailyn, a Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.
About the Series
The mission of episodes in the Doing History: To the Revolution series is to ask not just “what is the history of the American Revolution?” but “what are the histories of the American Revolution?”
The Doing History series explores early American history and how historians work. It’s produced by the the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
Be sure to check out Doing History season 1, Doing History: How Historians Work.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with a historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
Bernard Bailyn, the Adams University Professor Emeritus and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History Emeritus at Harvard University and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, helps us explore one set of ideas about what caused the American Revolution.
During our exploration of the ideological origins of the American Revolution, Professor Bailyn reveals how people understood the causes of the American Revolution prior to 1967; Why he believes colonial Americans’ ideas about governance and the powers governments should exercise caused the American Revolution; And, the logic that drove Americans to rebel against and seek their independence from Great Britain.
What You’ll Discover
- How people understood the causes of the American Revolution prior to 1967
- Why the ideological origins and not the economic or social origins of the Revolution
- Pamphlets about the American Revolution
- Pamphlet circulation
- How Americans viewed their place within the British Empire and world after 1763
- The role of the Enlightenment in shaping the ideology of the American Revolution
- British oppositional literature from the English Civil War and its impact on American ideology
- Eighteenth-century American ideas about government power
- Colonial Americans’ obsession with power
- The Americans’ logic for rebellion
- Thomas Hutchinson
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Bernard Bailyn
- The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
- Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution
- The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson
- John P. Reid, In a Rebellious Spirit: The Argument of Facts, the Liberty Riot, and the Coming of the American Revolution
- The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson
- Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
- Doing History: To the Revolution!
- OI Reader
- Hello Fresh (Promo Code BFWorld30)
- Episode 107: Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison’s Hand
- Episode 119: Steve Pincus, The Heart of the Declaration
- Episode 127: Caroline Winterer, American Enlightenments
- Episode 141: A Declaration in Draft
- Episode 151: Defining the American Revolution
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