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Bernard Bailyn

Bernard Bailyn

American historian, author, and academic

Alive from: 1922-2020

Category: History and sociology | Writers (Contemporary)

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    The primary function of a constitution was to mark out the boundaries of governmental powers-hence in England, where there was no constitution, there were no limits (save for the effect of trail by jury) to what the legislature might do.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. V, TRANSFORMATION, p. 182
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    The theory of politics that emerges from the political literature of the pre-Revolutionary years rests on the belief that what lay behind every political scene, the ultimate explanation of every political controversy, was the disposition of power.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. III, POWER AND LIBERTY A THEORY OF POLITICS, p
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    The turning point was the Tea Act and the resulting Tea Party in Boston in December 1773.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. IV, THE LOGIC OF REBELLION, p. 118
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    The wielders of power did not speak for it, nor did they naturally serve it. Their interest was to use and develop power, no less natural and necessary than liberty but more dangerous.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. III, POWER AND LIBERTY A THEORY OF POLITICS, p
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    Up and down the the still sparsely settled coast of British North America, groups of men-intellectuals and farmers, scholars and merchants, the learned and the ignorant-gathered for the purpose of constructing enlightened governments.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. VI, THE CONTAGION OF LIBERTY, p. 231
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    What Americans were really objecting to had nothing to do with constitutional principles. their objection was not to Parliament's constitutional right to levy certain kinds of taxes as opposed to others, but to its effort to collect any.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. V, TRANSFORMATION, p. 218
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    What gave transcendent importance to the aggressiveness of power was the fact that its natural prey, its necessary victim, was liberty, or law, or right.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. III, POWER AND LIBERTY A THEORY OF POLITICS, p
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    Whatever deficiencies the leaders of the American Revolution may have had, reticence, fortunately, was not one of them.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. I, THE LITERATURE OF REVOLUTION, p. 1
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