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Radicalism of the American Revolution By Gordon S Wood Gordon Woods Radicalism of the American Revolution is a book that extensively covers the origin and ideas preceding the American Revolution Woods account of the Revolution goes beyond the history and timeline of the war and offers a new encompassing look inside the social ideology and economic forces of the war Wood explains in his book that America went through a two-stage progression to break away from the Monarchical rule of the English He believes the pioneering revolutionaries were rooted in the belief of an American Republic However it was the radical acceptance of democracy that was the final step toward independence The transformation between becoming a Republic to ultimately becoming a democracy is where Woods evaluation of the revolution differs from other historians He contributes such a transformation to the social and economic factors that faced the colonists While Gordon Wood creates a persuasive argument in his book he does however neglect to consider other contributing factors of the revolution It is these neglected factors that provide opportunity for criticism of his book The overall feeling one gets from reading Woods book is that republicanism was not a radical concept to the American colonists Wood believed the American colonists had a deep- rooted concept of Republicanism that existed before revolutionary ideas were conceived The idea of republicanism could be seen in the colonial belief in independence and self-sacrifice These principles were the founding forces that led to the beginning of the revolution Wood would seem to believe that these founding forces Smith pg2 were not as radical as the transformation to democratic thought It is here that Wood points out the uncontrollable social and economic forces that leads republican thought to the progression of democracy Wood believes the revolution was meant for the elite gentlemen and not for the colonists themselves It is the colonist self-motivated social
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