The Political Thought Of The American Revolution By Clinton Rossiter

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The fight for change and liberty has been no stranger to this world. Since 2740 BC, over hundreds of revolutions and rebellions have taken place, all of which demanded a reform or a change of some nature. Within the last century many major revolutions have been developing in continents such as Asia and Africa. In the non-fiction book The Political Thought of the American Revolution, written by Clinton Rossiter, Rossiter claims that perhaps modern revolutions, such as these in Asia and Africa, have deviated far from the core foundations of the American Revolution. In this book, Rossiter conveys that the American Revolution was the first revolution to have success from breaking away from another country and government. He believes that many revolutions Rossiter wrote The Political Thought of the American Revolution to reiterate the political values and the basis of the American thought during the Revolutions, in hopes that it could be useful to modern revolutionaries, or at least aid in the understanding of the american revolutionary mindset that led the country to a victory against a dominant world power. Through writing The Political Thought of the American Revolution Rossiter was able to prove his idea that the political thought of America during the American Revolution “has the ring of bother eternity and universality.(Preface, viii).” The author, Clinton Rossiter, was influenced by his life when writing the book The Political Thought of the American Revolution. Shortly after America entered World War II, Rossiter joined the United States Naval Reserves. He served mainly as a gunnery officer but worked his way up to a lieutenant. This emergence in American nationalism during his time fighting for the U.S. influenced his fascination in the history of American politics especially of that pertaining to revolution and war. Rossiter is an American who is interested The book contains three main topics: The Context of Revolutionary Political Thought, The Rights of Man, and The Pattern of Government. Under each of these topics are about 4 or 5 sub topics. Throughout these topics Rossiter strengthens his thesis that the political thought of the Revolution had much influence from ancient beliefs but was the first incredible calling for human liberty and constitutional government, and that the American Revolution can still be drawn upon for influence

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