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Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers: The Fight for Control of the American Revolution [Kindle Edition]

Michael E. Newton
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Book Description

Angry mobs launched the American Revolution when they protested against British acts of tyranny. These rebels threatened, harassed, and chased away British officials and Loyalists. The Founding Fathers agreed with the goals of these Patriots, but not with their methods. Fearing anarchy, the Founders channeled the passion of the mobs toward independence.

Working together, the angry mobs and Founding Fathers defeated the mighty British army and won independence, but the new nation that emerged was anarchic and chaotic, much like the angry mobs themselves. Meeting behind closed doors, the Founding Fathers conspired to depose the Confederation government, wrote a new constitution, and created the world's most successful republic.

Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers tells the little-known story of how these two groups fought for control of the American Revolution.

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From the Author

"The book frequently is thought-provoking. Although Newton makes no explicit link, readers will be struck by the parallels between the relationship of the American colonists of 1750 through 1770 with the British Parliament and that of average Americans with today's political class... If you read it, you will find it rewarding." -- Galveston County Daily News

"Michael Newton's latest book, Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers, is a densely packed, meticulously researched, compendium of  historical knowledge... Newton explores the motivations of the "angry mobs" and Founding Fathers, from the colonial period, through the American Revolution, the failure of the Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention,  and Ratification.  Newton clearly depicts the ebb and flow of power and participation between these two groups." -- What Would The Founders Think?

About the Author

Michael E. Newton earned multiple degrees and graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University. He currently writes about the financial markets and is also the author of The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society's Descent into Tyranny.

Product Details

  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982604025
  • Publisher: Eleftheria Publishing (July 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CW519Q
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars decent July 21, 2012
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I'm not sure what my overall opinion is.

The author was attrmpting balance by focusing on the two separate groups of angry mobs and founding fathers, but I'm not sure how well he succeeded. Maybe he succeeded as well as could be expected using that framework.

These two categories are too broad and sweeping. The diversity was immense in those early generations, diversity among the populations of different colonies and regions along with diversity among the upper classes. Also there was crossover between the two general categories. The reality of that historical period is just too messy for such neat categories.

The more I read of this book, it became clear how much the author was coming from a particular political viewpoint. Some of his 'analysis' seemed more like personal opinion.

I suspect this explains the overly simplistic framework. Rather than creating a framework to fit the evidence, the evidence was being made to fit the framework. This isn't to say the framework is utterly useless and the author entirely wrong, but I will say it felt intelllectually dissatisfying. The simplistic framework would sometimes lead to simplistic statements which frustrated me. I'd have preferred more nuance and depth.

Beyond the framework issue, I found more tiresome the treatment of slavery. The author's defense of slavery in early America sometimes came across as right-wing apologetics. Slavery was what it was. I don't think it needs to be rationalized with arguments about economics.

Besides, slavery wasn't just about economics. Slavery was about a particular culture and social order. The Deep South slaveholders had a lifestyle of power and privilege that wasn't sustainable without slavery.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Educational and Entertaining read August 8, 2011
By Jason
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I picked up Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers as I had read Michael Newton's previous book The Path to Tyranny: A History of Free Society's Descent into Tyranny and really enjoyed it. His new book lives up to the same quality as the previous one and I would highly recommend both to anybody.

The book covers the social side of the American revolution and covered aspects of the whole thing that I was largely unaware of. The American revolution is often compared to the French revolution, with the American revolution being seen as the thinking mans revolution and the French revolution as the revolution of the mob. It was fascinating to see how close the grand American experiment came to becoming just another "also ran" mob based revolution and how the genius of the founding fathers prevented it descending into one.

I can't recommend this book highly enough as a behind the scenes look at a time in history that came perilously close to going off the rails.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael E. Newton has done it again. August 19, 2011
By Dvora
Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers: The Fight for Control of the American Revolution is chock full of interesting facts, startling patterns, and answers to questions that were never raised in my social studies classes. Who knew that all of the colonists weren't English? How could I have studied the revolution and never heard the name Apollos Rivoire? Of course western expansion needed the railroads to be developed first. Why didn't anybody ever tell me that before?

If today's Tea Party, by virtue of its very name, is a throwback to the angry mobs of yesteryear, who are the people who will step up to be our new founding fathers?

The angry mobs brought us a revolution. The founding fathers developed the miracle of our Constitution, to prevent that revolution from descending into chaos, anarchy and tyranny.

Michael E. Newton presents the American revolution and the twists and turns of the first decades of our country in a book that is readable and enjoyable, one that I wish I could have read years ago.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Michael E. Newton's new book Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers is a must read for anyone interested in America's founding and should be part of every patriot's library. His book is clear, concise, well documented, and chock-full of quotes from the founding fathers.

Newton takes the reader back to Colonial America when angry mobs were protesting British tyranny. He brilliantly juxtaposes the debate over separating from Great Britain and how the founders skillfully navigated America through the stormy waters that resulted from the Declaration of Independence.

After defeating the English, he expertly guides you through the articles of confederation and the drafting of the Constitution. Newman does an outstanding job of including writings from the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers and shows how precariously the Constitution hung in the balance.

Another aspect of Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers that I particularly enjoyed was how well the author explained the Colonial economy and how America's politicians have been hindering our economy from the very beginning.

Newton concludes his brilliant book masterfully by stating "America needs the principals put forth by the Declaration of Independence and the limited government established by the Constitution. Liberty without government leads to anarchy while government without liberty leads to tyranny. Liberty and limited government must work together to promote the perfect balance between liberty and power."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Basis on the Establishment of our Republic
The book was a very enjoyable read and should be used as a text book on the establishment of our country. Read more
Published 1 month ago by anthony emmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history
I picked up Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers because I study history as a hobby. The excellence of the writing gave me a great bonus. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Calvin R
3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read it yet
I'm sure this is good, I just haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I'm sure I will enjoy it when I do.
Published 11 months ago by lighthousecollector
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched and Informative Book
Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers, The fight for Control of the American Revolution, by Michael E. Newton is a study and argument for the mob as the catalyst for change in our... Read more
Published 15 months ago by custerwolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great history not taught in public schools.
Angry Mobs & Founding fathers is a very interesting view of the political life of the Colonies up to and including the Revolutionary War. Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. F., Greene
3.0 out of 5 stars A different look at the American Revolution.
This book presents the other side of the American revolution. There were other factors driving the revolution than the higher ideals of the founding fathers. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel E. Foley
2.0 out of 5 stars Angry mobs are coming!!!
This a very bias conservative's apology for our nation's birth. As if using the word "angry" as many times as you can and minimizing the real justification for their... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Stan Beckman
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned alot reading this
I have always been interested in history. This book was very interesting as it explained better the way our founding fathers formed our country. Read more
Published 17 months ago by KJ. Longbrake
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This is not so much about the fight for control as about differing goals. Still a very good book about the non-military aspects of the revolution. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Patrick T. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers
I like to read about history that is why I downloaded this book. Very very interesting must read for all....
Published 19 months ago by Naomi
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Michael E. Newton graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors from Arizona State University with degrees in finance and computer information systems. He was a portfolio manager for ten years before turning to history. Michael E. Newton is the author of 'The Path To Tyranny' and 'Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers.' His next work, which will be about Alexander Hamilton, is expected to be published shortly.

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