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Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

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Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about the time, place, players, and culture?

Locke: An Inspiration for Revolution

John Locke, Second Treatise of Government (1690).Available free on-line

The Founding Documents

Samuel Eliot Morison, ed. Sources & Documents Illustrating the AmericanRevolution and the Formation of the Federal Constitution: 1764-1788 (1923).An excellent compilation of founding documents, state constitutions,pamphlets, etc.

An Alternative Perspective

Peter Oliver, Origin and Progress of the American Rebellion (1781).A Loyalist account of the Revolution, before the Treaty of Paris hadformally concluded it.

Capitalism Is Born

Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776).The founding tract of modern economics.

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