The Paradox of the American Revolution | by Sean Wilentz | The New York Review of Books

I would like to read these books but they are too expensive, hardbacks are falling away from capitalist commerce these and even Kindle books are starting to appear free by the thousands at Amazon. Anyway the issue of the American revolution might benefit from comparison with the republics of Archaic Greece and in that context the birth of Athenian democracy. The birth of freedom ideologies could wait til the end of slavery, it arose in the midst of slavery and was thus imperfect, yet a first beach head for a new innovation. The resemblance to the American case is striking but we can see that the ancient example had seeded a legacy even if it confused the first rebs.

The battles over American history provoked during the latest national reckoning on race have focused heavily on the Revolution and the Civil War. As David

Source: The Paradox of the American Revolution | by Sean Wilentz | The New York Review of Books

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