Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding

This perspective, and the book, present an interesting take on the American Revolution. Will add it to my reading list.

From the book description:
Generations of students have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against royal tyranny. In this revisionist account, Eric Nelson argues that a great many of our “founding fathers” saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown. The Royalist Revolution interprets the patriot campaign of the 1770s as an insurrection in favor of royal power—driven by the conviction that the Lords and Commons had usurped the just prerogatives of the monarch.