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Ideology, Nationalism, and the American Revolution What is the role of “great ideas” in history? Does ideology motivate change? Sources of Revolutionary Ideology for 18 th  century American colonists: Glorious Revolution, 1688 Literature of Glorious Revolution, eg John Locke, 1690 --government requires consent of governed Whig Theory of Government and Politics --Monarchy, Aristocracy, Democracy --balance = essential --power corrupts:  power vs. liberty Early 18 th  c. British Commonwealthmen (aka “Radical Whigs)
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Unformatted text preview: --fearful of plots in government--fearful of plots against liberty Fear of Tyranny “...a single act of tyranny [might be dismissed as an accident, but] a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly proves a deliberate and systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.”--Thomas Jefferson, 1774 Hope for Liberty, Virtue • Thomas Paine, “Common Sense,” 1776...
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