A Revolution to Conserve. By: Austin Selvig & Camiron Schafer. Concepts. - Plainly laid out factors that lead to the Revolution - a series of factors led to the American Revolution
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A Revolution to Conserve
By: Austin Selvig & Camiron Schafer
- Plainly laid out factors that lead to the Revolution
- a series of factors led to the American Revolution
- The frontier environment- The frontier environment made many English institutions irrelevant to the needs of colonists and were adapted to suit their needs, a large example is the adaptation of self-government
- Conflicting interests- The English looked to their colonies as an economical advantage; the colonies, however, saw imperial policy as stifling of their own self government
- Geography- The distance alone diluted English policy and execution as well as colonial protest
- Immigration- an increasing percent of population that was not loyal to the British Crown, immigration increased diversity and an influx of ideals and opinions, further creating a need for more democracy
- Natural rights- the colonists believed that being English citizens granted them rights which they believe to be jeopardized by the English Government
The main question answered in the text, what factors causes the desire to rebel, is very important as it discusses how many of the factors that caused the revolution shaped the mindset of the American people
The analysis of these factors is important because they have a direct correlation to the American Revolution and the mindset of the colonists at that period of history
- Rossiter did not write chronologically, instead he organized his writing by each factor of his main concept.
-Rossiter introduces the Revolution and discusses the feud between George III and the colonists. He then asks the question of what led to the desire to rebel. He follows up by providing responses to this question from John Adams, Edmund Burke, and Alex de Tocqueville, then, he supports these three and provides his own responses to the question. He concludes his writing by recapping his main points.
- The format of the text works very well as it allows emphasis on each topic individually
Graduated from Cornell in 1939 and earned his Ph.D from Princeton University
Was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve and rose to the rank of lieutenant as a gunnery officer on the USS Alabama, served three years
taught at Cornell University from 1947 to 1970; he rose from instructor to full professor in eight years
Served as chair of the Government Department in Cornell from 1956 to 1969
Pitt Professor of American History and institutions from 1960 to 1961
The text leaves very little room for bias within the main points as it is written in an objective style that merely states factors and their influence, that being said, Rossiter does display a bias towards emphasising the struggles of colonists and the tyranny of the English