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itself The United Colonies of North America remained abiding loyalty to the British Crown 1 Whether the American colonists were living a lie, an illusion, or a calculated procrastination is a good question But when Thomas Jefferson finally got around to drafting the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776, one sentence enjoyed special resonance as an accurate characterization of the past year Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed This was Jeffersons lyrical way of describing the quite remarkable feat of making an explosion happen in slow motion.After all, prudence does not ordinarily make its way onto any list of revolutionary virtues The very idea of a cautious revolutionary would seem, on the face of it, a contradiction in terms The standard story of most revolutions features a cast of desperate characters with impulsive temperaments, utopian visions, a surefire sense of where history is headed, and an unquenchable urge to get there fast Indeed, tarrying along the way is usually regarded as counterrevolutionary.If that is what the standard story of a revolution requires, then one of two conclusions about the American Revolution follows naturally either it was not really a revolution at all but merely or perhaps not so merely a war for colonial independence, the first of its kind in the modern world, to be sure, but not a fundamental shift in the social order that left the world changed forever Or else it was a strange kind of revolution that did not fit the standard pattern because many of its most prominent leaders were convinced that the pace of change must be slowed down and the most radical of the revolutionary promises deferred The result is another contradiction, or perhaps a paradox namely, an evolutionary revolution.In short, the decision to secede from the British Empire was accompanied by a truly revolutionary agenda for the infant American republic But the most prominent leaders, John Adams chief among them, insisted on the deferral of the revolutionary agenda and, in some instances, its postponement into the distant future Instead of regarding this gradualist approach as a moral and political failure, a conclusion that historians on the left regard as, shall we say, self evident, the argument offered here is just the opposite In my judgment the calculated decision to make the American Revolution happen in slow motion was a creative act of statesmanship that allowed the United States to avoid the bloody and chaotic fate of subsequent revolutionary movements in France, Russia, and China.And so, within a very strange year of full scale war occurring alongside political reticence, we find an equally strange pattern emerging that will establish the uniquely judicious framework within which the American Revolution proceeded John Adams, the major figure in the Continental Congress, and George Washington, the commander in chief of the Continental Army, are the chief players in this unusual story Thomas Paine, who fits the conventional revolutionary pattern perfectly, turns out to be the exception rather than the rule, temporarily indispensable but ultimately disposable The great creative achievement embodied in the leadership of Adams and Washington at this propitious moment was to assure that the American Revolution moved forward, to borrow a modern phrase, with all deliberate speed HINDSIGHTSWhen John Adams looked back from retirement on his experience thirty years earlier in the Second Continental Congress, two recollections nudged out all the other memories The first was a bit awkward to acknowledge publicly, but since Adams believed that truth should always trump modesty especially false modesty , he laid down his personal marker on the proceedings I was incessantly employed through the Whole Fall, Winter and Spring of 1775 and 1776 during their Sittings and on Committees on mornings and Evenings, he recalled, and unquestionably did business than any other Member of that house 2 The second recollection had the effect of making the first impossible to verify No true history of that fateful time would ever be written, Adams insisted, because the most important conversations occurred out of doors in local taverns and coffeehouses Whats , the official record of the deliberations imposed a misleading gloss of coherence over the congressional proceedings, concealing the messy confusion that reigned supreme for all the delegates, himself included Any coherent narrative of the deliberations must necessarily falsify the way it really was for all the participants, who were improvising without a script in a historical drama without a known conclusion 3 Adams was making a serious, perhaps even a profound, point namely, that retrospective historythat is, history viewed with the benefit of hindsightis invariably neater and tidier than history as experienced by those making it But since hindsight is the only interpretive tool historians have at their disposal, we must run the risk of deploying it here, enjoying the clairvoyance that Adams and his fellow delegates were denied in order to establish the political context of the imperial crisis that they, albeit lacking our prescient perch, were confronting in the late spring and summer of 1775.Why was there an imperial crisis The answer of the moment was that British troops had gunned down ninety five American patriots at Lexington and Concord Adams was not sure whether this blood letting would become the opening shot in a war for American independence He was sure that it represented another escalation in what had become a twelve year argument about the proper place of the American colonies within a reconfigured British Empire The Adams version of that dispute was highly partisan In effect, a corrupt British government had arbitrarily decided to impose new taxes and political restrictions on its loyal American subjects as part of a conspiratorial plot to deprive them of their traditional rights as Englishmen The carnage at Lexington and Concord, then, was the logical and inevitable culmination of a conscious British scheme to transform loyal subjects into abject slaves 4 Hindsight permits a detached and ultimately ironic version of the imperial story In 1763, as a result of its stupendous victory in the French and Indian War, Great Britain found itself a newly arrived world power with a vast empire in the eastern third of North America Previously, British governance of their thirteen coastal colonies had been a lackadaisical affair, with royal governors largely beholden to local legislatures, which controlled the power of the purse Enforcement of the trade regulations purportedly required by the Navigation Acts was equally blithe in spirit Now, however, the sheer scale of its recently acquired American empire, plus the sudden recognition that governance of its expanded domain required management than a few secretaries and clerks in Whitehall could muster, forced a major overhaul of this accidental empire into something appropriately imperial What looked to Adams like a sinister plot to enslave the American colonists was viewed from London as a sensible plan to make the British Empire worthy of its name 5 There then ensued a decade of parliamentary legislationthe Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, the Coercive Actsall designed to fold the colonies into the empire by placing them within the authority of Parliament, which represented the collective interests of all British citizens everywhere The colonists, of course, contested that claim, Adams leading the way by arguing that American interests were not represented in Parliament, but rather in the respective colonial legislatures, which alone could justifiably speak for American interests because they alone were duly elected to do so 6 Knowing as we do the world changing events about to transpirea seven and a half year war in which Americans were killed or wounded proportionally than in any subsequent conflict save the Civil War, in which the British lost their entire empire in North America except for Canadait seems strange that such a massive movement of the historical templates could be caused by such a minor, merely constitutional, difference of opinion In retrospect, the core problem blocking a sensible resolution was the British presumptionfully as self evident to them as the truths that Jefferson was soon to hurl at a candid worldthat imperial sovereignty must be singular For George III and his chief minister, Lord North, it was akin to an axiom of political physics, a veritable Newtonian principle of political theory, that there must be one sovereign source of governance To suggest otherwise was tantamount to arguing there was not one but many gods.If they could only have jettisoned that assumption, a workable solution to the imperial crisis was staring them right in the face Indeed it was proposed by the First Continental Congress in 1774 and would be proposed several times again by the Second Continental Congress throughout 1775 and up to July of 1776 The solution was shared sovereignty, whereby the American colonies remained within the British Empire as loyal subjects of the Crown but retained control over their own domestic affairs A version of this creative solution, called federalism, became the basis for the American constitutional settlement in 178788 A century later the same principle became the organizing feature of the British Commonwealth Our dalliance with hindsight, then, ends with two overlapping conclusions first, the American Revolution was eminently avoidable second, the imaginative failure of the British ministry in 177576 constitutes perhaps the greatest blunder in the history of British statecraft 7 NOTES 1 Three previous studies of this awkward year that strike me as first rate are Allen French, The First Year of the American Revolution Boston, 1934 Thomas Fleming, 1776 Year of Illusions New York, 1975 and, recently, David McCullough, 1776 New York, 2005 2 AD 3 355 3 The quotation is from Adams to Benjamin Rush, 17 August 1812, in John A Schutz and Douglass Adair, eds., The Spur of Fame Dialogues of John Adams and Benjamin Rush, 1805 1813 San Marino, Calif 1966 I have assessed the Adams posture toward all straight line narratives of the American Revolution in Founding Brothers The Revolutionary Generation New York 2001 , 215 81 On Adams s role in the Continental Congress, the semifictional account by Catherine Drinker Bowen, John Adams and the American Revolution Boston, 1950 , still manages to capture the context most imaginatively 4 Adams is almost a textbook example of the revolutionary mentality first identified by Bernard Bailyn in Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Cambridge, Mass., 1967 5 The first historian to insist on viewing the American Revolution from the British perspective was Lawrence H Gipson, who summarized his multivolume account in The Coming of the Revolution, 1763 1775 New York, 1954 The most recent version of this imperial interpretation is Theodore Draper, A Struggle for Power The American Revolution New York, 1996 6 On the role of the colonial assemblies, the authoritative work is Jack P Greene, The Quest for Power The Lower Houses of Assembly in Southern Royal Colonies, 1689 1776 Chapel Hill, 1963 7 My conclusion here is harsh, but I find it inescapable See, for example, Robert W Tucker and David C Hendrickson, The Fall of the First British Empire Balti, 1982 On the British side of the story, equally derogatory, see Stanley Weintraub, Iron Tears America s Battle for Freedom, Britain s Quagmire, 1775 83 New York, 2005 From the Hardcover edition.Illuminating Compelling Focuses on a series of key moments most notably, Valley Forge, the standoff between the Federalists and their opponents, and the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase on slavery and the treatment of Indians.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times Ellis is a storyteller, and a superb one no historian is better at making a complicated jumble of events clear and comprehensible The New York Review of BooksIlluminating .entertaining Ellis has done us a great service The New York Times Book ReviewDelightful Ellis is the reigning master of the episodic approach to history The Boston Globe American Creation Wikipedia American Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of Republic is a non fiction book written by historian Joseph Ellis published Alfred A Knopf, examining successes failures Fathers the J fast becoming one leading history writers for mainstream America I do not say this to belittle his work, but rather praise it Nov , AMERICAN CREATION By pp Knopf National Bestseller Acclaimed brings unparalleled talents riveting account early years Review Tragedies Jul Note This review my husband Jim In little gem book, argues that venerable interpretation founding United States, namely was clash between democracy aristocracy, flawed NPR NPR coverage News, author interviews, critics picks Ellis Fascinating question, answer, Creation, truly insightful well crafted breaks down into number different pieces like War Independence, Slavery, Louisiana Purchase, BestsellerAcclaimed RepublicThe last quarter eighteenth century remains most politically creative era in history, when dedicated group men undertook bold experiment political ideals It time both triumphs The Book Outlines Wiki AmericanCreation Notes Ben Casnocha Many direct quotes CapitolReaderCom The Revolution filled with triumphs, contradictions, ironies, tragedies Perhaps founders greatest legacy novelty emergence two party system though outcome hardly their intention lowest priced brand new, unused, unopened, undamaged item its original packaging 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    • American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic
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    • 07 December 2016

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