History Now 21 (Fall 2009)

The American Revolution

From the Editor

In 1763 Americans toasted their King and their Mother Country. Twenty years later, they celebrated their independence from both. The story of the birth of our nation is a fascinating one—complex, surprising, triumphant and tragic. It has too often been told in simplistic terms, but in this issue of History Now our scholars grapple with the ambiguities that define this critical moment in our past. In “Lockean Liberalism and the American Revolution” Isaac Kramnick traces the origins of American political thought in the writings of England’s...More »