The Legacy Of The American Revolution Essay

981 Words Sep 26th, 2016 4 Pages
There are a plethora of theories as to what exactly caused the American Revolution. Although it isn’t possible to narrow such a monumental act down to a single cause, two historians – Bernard Bailyn and Gary Nash - have argued their interpretations of historical data and documents based on a few primary sources. While Bailyn argues that it was personal and political creeds, along with political power-struggles, that caused the revolution, Nash’s theory that it was a combination of social injustice and certain rattling events is much better supported by the primary sources. Gary Nash of the University of California Los Angeles has continually researched what exactly motivated the common people of the Colonies to rise against their tyrannous King George III. He believed that the common reasons of “the ‘predicament of poverty’ was unknown in colonial America…the conditions of everyday life among ‘the inarticulate’ had not changed in ways led to a revolutionary predisposition, and that ‘social discontent’ ‘economic disturbances’ and ‘social strains’ can generally be ignored in searching for the roots of the revolution.” These theories were surface-level of the bigger issues at the time, one must dig deeper to connect the bigger picture. Beneath the surface of these issues there was a complex hybrid of a badly preserved “popular ideology” of the time and English Whig ideology mixed with pivotal events that brought all classes together. The concept of popular ideology…

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