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The author was attempting 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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The Angry Mobs: For the most part, these "mobs" remain the nameless, faceless masses of colonials they are in almost every history book. There is some mention of names, especially with mob action that was associated with a specific person, e.g., Shay's Rebellion. However, even with a discussion on the motivation of the mobs, I came away with the feeling that one mob was much like another. Yet, I have to wonder if they weren't as different from each other, not just in their ideologies but also in their approach, as the Occupy Wall Streeters are from the Tea Party.
The Founding Fathers: On this side of the equation I got more than I hoped for. Unlike many historians, Mr. Newton has a background in economics and was able to add a layer of detail that is lacking in accounts of the Revolution and the years that followed. If you've ever wondered how the United States went from a country struggling with war debt and under constant threat of war between the states to one of the most prosperous nations on Earth within a few decades, Newton lays it all out for you in details that even the non-economist can appreciate. Hint: He spends a fair amount of time on Alexander Hamilton's role.
I'm giving this one four stars mostly because I felt it could have been two books: one that did the title justice and focused more on the mobs, and a second that focused on the economics of the Revolution and the nation-building years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A quick read. Learned things I had not learned or remembered from high school.Published 3 months ago by Dan Migliorini
The book was a very enjoyable read and should be used as a text book on the establishment of our country. Read morePublished 22 months ago by anthony emmons
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 morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Calvin R
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 on January 9, 2014 by lighthousecollector
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 morePublished on September 4, 2013 by custerwolf
Angry Mobs & Founding fathers is a very interesting view of the political life of the Colonies up to and including the Revolutionary War. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by C. F., Greene
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 morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Daniel E. Foley
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 morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Stan Beckman
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