The JuntoCast, Episode 12: Bailyn’s Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

The JuntoCastAfter our summer hiatus, “The JuntoCast” is back with a new type of episode.

We are pleased to announce a new format to be used for occasional episodes in which we revisit classic works of early American history, break down their arguments, their strengths and weaknesses, and reassess their continuing relevance. This month, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Mark Boonshoft revisit Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.

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Further Reading

Appleby, Joyce. “Republicanism in Old and New Contexts.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 43, no. 1 (1986): 20–34.

Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1967.

———. The Origins of American Politics. New York: Vintage, 1970.

———. “Political Experience and Enlightenment Ideas in Eighteenth-Century America.” The American Historical Review 67, no. 2 (1962): 339–351.

Beeman, Richard R. “Deference, Republicanism, and the Emergence of Popular Politics in Eighteenth-Century America.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 49, no. 3 (1992): 401–430.

Kerber, Linda K. “The Republican Ideology of the Revolutionary Generation.” American Quarterly 37, no. 4 (1985): 474–495.

Maier, Pauline. From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765-1776. New York: Vintage, 1974.

Shalhope, Robert E. “Towards a Republican Synthesis: The Emergence of an Understanding of Republicanism in American Historiography.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 29, no. 1 (1972): 49–80.

Rodgers, Daniel T. “Republicanism: The Career of a Concept.” The Journal of American History 79, no. 1 (1992): 11–38.

Wood, Gordon S. “Conspiracy and the Paranoid Style: Causality and Deceit in the Eighteenth Century.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 39, no. 3 (1982): 402–441.

———. “Rhetoric and Reality in the American Revolution.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 23, no. 1 (1966): 3–32.

2 responses

  1. I have two criticisms of Bailyn. The first is that he never published the other volumes of “Pamphlets of the American Revolution.” My search for these volumes puzzled a number of librarians until I finally called Harvard University Press to confirm they didn’t exist. Second, Bailyn asserts that the fear of a conspiracy was real and that it was at the heart of Revolution but then devotes a relatively short note to the topic. If a perceived conspiracy was really at the center of revolutionary ideology then it deserves more development.

  2. Pingback: Gordon Wood vs. the New Generation of Historians | Tony Petersen


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