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The Origins of American Politics

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The Charles K. Colver Lectures, Brown University 1965.

"An astonishing range of reading in contemporary tracts and modern authorities is manifest, and many aspects of British and colonial affairs are illuminated. As a political analysis this very important contribution will be hard to refute...."
—Frederick B. Tolles, Political Science Quarterly

"He produces historical analys

Paperback, 161 pages
Published October 12th 1970 by Vintage (first published 1967)
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Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, american-history

This was a small book but extremely dense. It's a series of three lectures Bailyn gave in 1965. As is sometimes my wont I raced through it and, as with some foodstuffs, 53.6744% of it did not absorb.
Lauren Albert
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found Bailyn's argument very interesting and it makes sense--he claims that Governors and other British leaders in the colonies had more power and less influence than their peers back "home". The first offended their constituents and the second made it difficult for them to deal with the consequences of the offense! They lacked the ability to manipulate with the handing out of positions and money.

The Origins of American Politics
Bernard Bailyn
Vintage, 1970

“But it was in these three areas primar
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: u-s-history
This is a short volume featuring transcripts of three lectures Bernard Bailyn delivered in the mid-1960s. It contains a few thought-provoking observations about the development of government in colonial America, but otherwise provides a perfect example of academic overkill: bombastic text, dispensable block quotations, and plenty of content footnotes. After reading two exceptionally well-written works that focus on 18th century America ("The Birth of the Republic" by Edmund S. Morgan, and "Found ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Thank God it's over! This book was almost insultingly dry. However it has an interesting premise. It's a collection of three essays. His essays focus on the political thoughts and circumstances that dominated the pre-Revolutionary era in not only the American colonies but also in England. He historically analyzes the effects that these thoughts had on the emergence of patriotism in the colonies and the drive for independence that would follow and lead to the American Revolution.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quite an eye-opening book on the conspiracy theories and fractiousness rampant in colonial politics. It is clear that a desire to be independent from Britain existed under the surface decades before it exploded and Americans have always been paranoid and suspicious of the motives of anyone of their kith and kin with opposing opinions. This is well worth the read and easy to understand.
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Bernard Bailyn is an American historian, author, and professor specializing in U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary-era History. He has been a professor at Harvard since 1953. Bailyn has won the Pulitzer Prize for History twice (in 1968 and 1987). In 1998 the National Endowment for the Humanities selected him for the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest honor for achievement in the ...more
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