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C. BRADLEY THOMPSON is Professor of Political Philosophy at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of London. His previous books include the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty and Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea.
America’s Revolutionary Mind is the first major reinterpretation of the American Revolution since the publication of Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution and Gordon S. Wood’s The Creation of the American Republic.
The purpose of this book is twofold: to elucidate the logic, principles, and significance of the Declaration of Independence as the embodiment of the American mind; and to shed light on what John Adams once called the “real American Revolution”—that is, the moral revolution that occurred in the minds of the people in the fifteen years before 1776.