Jensen, Merrill. The Articles of Confederation: An Interpretation of the Social-Constitutional History of the American Revolution, 1774–1781. Madison: University of Wisconson Press, 1948.
Jameson, J. Franklin. The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1926.
The crucial breakout from the miasma of American historiography ofthe Revolution came from one man. He was able by sheer force ofscholarship to overthrow the Consensus and Progressive views and toestablish a new interpretation of the causes of the AmericanRevolution. This was Harvard Professor Bernard Bailyn, who, breakingthrough the hermetic separation of European and American historians,found his inspiration in the great work of Caroline Robbins, The Eighteenth Century Commonwealthman.For Bailyn realized that Professor Robbins had discovered the "missinglink" in the transmission of radical libertarian thought after JohnLocke. She had found it in a group of dedicated writers, inspired bythe English Revolution of the seventeenth century, who continued toreject the centrist Whig settlement of the eighteenth century. Thesewriters carried forward the ideals of natural rights and individualliberty. In the course of editing a volume of Revolutionary pamphlets,Bailyn discovered that Americans were indeed influenced, on a massivescale, by these libertarian articles and pamphlets. Many of thesepublications were reprinted widely in the American colonies, andclearly influenced the revolutionary leaders. The most important shaperof this libertarian viewpoint was Cato's Letters, a series ofnewspaper articles in England in the early 1720s written by JohnTrenchard and his young disciple Thomas Gordon. The collected Cato's Letters were republished many times in eighteenth century England and America.
During the American Revolution the Hudson was a strategic waterway and the site of many historic events, especially in the region of Newburg and West Point.
Both the American Revolution, (1775 -1783) and the French Revolution (1789 -1799) were the products of Enlightenment ideals that struck a large population of the people which emphasized the idea of natural rights and equality and led to many changes in society....
Daniel, Jere R. Experiment in Republicanism: New Hampshire Politics and the American Revolution, 1741–1794. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1970.
———Pamphlets of the American Revolution, 1750–1776, Vol. 1, 1750–1765. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1965.
Cone, Carl B. Burke and the Nature of Politics. The Age of the American Revolution, vol. 1. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1957.
———. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 1967.
Bailyn, Bernard. "The Central Themes of the American Revolution: An Interpretation." In Essays on the American Revolution. Edited by S. Kurtz and J. Hutson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1973.
Alvord, Clarence W. Mississippi Valley in British Politics: AStudy of the Trade, Land Speculation, and Experiments in ImperialismCulminating in the American Revolution. 2 Vols. Cleveland, Ohio: Arthur H. Clark, 1917.
Adams, Randolph G. Political Ideas of the American Revolution: Britannic-American Contributions to the Problem of Imperial Organization, 1765–1775. Durham, North Carolina: Trinity College Press, 1922.
Perhaps the most important controversy was on how radical and howrevolutionary were the nature and consequences of the AmericanRevolution. We have seen Robert R. Palmer's challenge to the consensusview in his monumental The Age of the Democratic Revolution. J. Franklin Jameson produced the classic Beardian view on the social radicalism of the American Revolution in The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement.This thesis was attacked and seemingly refuted during the Consensusperiod of American historiography, particularly by Frederick B. Tolles,"The American Revolution Considered as a Social Movement: AReevaluation," American Historical Review, 55 (1954–1955); and by Clarence Ver Steeg, "The American Revolution Considered as an Economic Movement," Huntington Library Quarterly,20 (1957). But Robert A. Nisbet, in a brilliant article, has nowrehabilitated the thesis of the American Revolution as having radicalconsequences, not in a Beardian, but in a libertarian direction. In hisThe Social Impact of the Revolution, Nisbet shows that theRevolution had a radical libertarian impact on American society: inabolishing feudal land tenure, in establishing religious freedom, andin beginning the process of the abolition of slavery. Thus, to Bailyn'sinsight on the libertarian sources of the Revolution, Nisbet adds hisconclusion on its libertarian consequences.
Douglass, Elisha P. Rebels and Democrats: The Struggle for Equal Political Rights and Majority Rule During the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1955.
There is no space here to deal with the numerous works on the natureand consequences of the American Revolution, or on the vitallyimportant topic of the relationship between the Revolution and theConstitution. Here we will mention Gordon S. Wood's careful andimportant study of the way in which libertarian ideology wasconservatized during and especially after the Revolution: The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787. Richard B. Morris has many judicious insights in his The American Revolution Reconsidered.He treats the American Revolution more fully as the first war ofnational liberation and independence from European colonialism in his The Emerging Nations and the American Revolution. Also see Richard L. Park and Richard D. Lambert, eds., The American Revolution Abroad.