The First Revolutions in the Minds of the People, by James C. Thompson


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Cloth Edition:

ISBN: 978-0-9854863-7-2

Library of Congress Control Number: 2013913985     

Publication Date: June 20, 2015

Size: 6” x 9”

Pages: 262

Images: 70 (B & W)

Status: Postponed

Retail Price: $26.00


Paperback Edition:

ISBN: 978-0-9854863-8-9

Library of Congress Control Number: 2014960180 

Size: 6” x 9”

Pages: 262

Images: 70 (B & W)

Release Date: 20 October 2015

Retail Price: $22.00       


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EPUB ISBN: 978-0-9825922-7-4

PDF ISBN: 978-0-9961368-4-6

Mobipocket ISBN: 978-0-9961368-5-3

Release Date: 20 October 2015

Retail Price: $9.95

    More than three decades after America’s unlikely victory in its war for political independence, John Adams observed that, “the revolution was in the minds of the people” and was completed “… before a drop of blood was shed in Lexington.” Author James Thompson explains that this was far from true. In The First Revolution in the Minds of the People, Thompson argues that the largest part of America’s colonial population remained loyal to the British Monarchy and that Adams’s patriotic movement gained power not through enlightened appeals to the rights of man, but through strategic use of public violence. Thompson contends that up to two thirds of American colonials were content to remain subjects of the English king, but kept their loyalism to themselves for fear of becoming patriotic targets. The author goes on to consider the problem America’s founders faced after winning their independence: how would they preserve their new republic against assaults by opponents using the political methods they had used to overthrow the majoritarian government of King George III? Thompson presents this part of his discussion in the context of a conflict that pits 20th century social progressivism against Human Nature. This conflict, he explains, manifests itself in the expectations of progressive Bernard Bailyn and the cycle of societal degeneration Plato outlined in Book Eight of The Republic. Thompson’s assessment is clear enough, but he encourages his readers to decide for themselves whether which scenario is more plausible: Bailyn’s republican optimism or Plato’s totalitarian pessimism.


    Genre Titles:

    The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution by Professor Bernard Bailyn. Cambridge; The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 1992 Edition. 416 pages. 

    Hamilton's Curse: How Jefferson's Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution--and What It Means for Americans Today by Professor Thomas DiLorenzo. Three Rivers Press (2009). 256 pages. 

    The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 by Lynn Hudson Parsons. Oxford University Press. 2011. 288 pages.

     Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 by John Ferling. Oxford University Press. 2005. 288.

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