Book The Royalist revolution : monarchy and the American founding / Eric Nelson.
Publication year: 2014.
Call Number JA84.U5 N35 2014
Media class: Book
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674735347 067473534X
Extent: 390 pages ; 25 cm
"Generations of students have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against royal tyranny. In this revisionist account, Eric Nelson argues that a great many of our 'founding fathers' saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown ... [This book] interprets the patriot campaign of the 1770s as an insurrection in favor of royal power -- driven by the conviction that the Lords and Commons had usurped the just prerogatives of the monarch. Leading patriots believed that the colonies were the king's own to govern, and they urged George III to defy Parliament and rule directly. These theorists were proposing to turn back the clock on the English constitution, rejecting the Whig settlement that had secured the supremacy of Parliament after the Glorious Revolution. Instead, they embraced the political theory of those who had waged the last great campaign against Parliament's 'usurpations': the reviled Stuart monarchs of the seventeenth century. When it came time to design the state and federal constitutions, the very same figures who had defended this expansive conception of royal authority -- John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Wilson, and their allies -- returned to the fray as champions of a single executive vested with sweeping prerogatives. As a result of their labors, the Constitution of 1787 would assign its new president far more power than any British monarch had wielded for almost a hundred years. On one side of the Atlantic, Nelson concludes, there would be kings without monarchy; on the other, monarchy without kings"--Dust jacket.
Introduction : "the war of Parliament" -- Patriot royalism : the Stuart monarchy and the turn to prerogative, 1768-1775 -- "One step farther, and we are got back to where we set out from" : patriots and the Royalist theory of representation -- "The Lord alone shall be king of America" : 1776, common sense, and the Republican turn -- "The old government, as near as possible" : royalism in the wilderness, 1776-1780 -- "All know that a single magistrate is not a king" : royalism and the Constitution of 1787 -- Conclusion : "A new monarchy in America".
Other resources by the author/contributor
Common sense : addresses to the inhabitants of America on the following interesting subjects, viz: I. Of the origin and design of government in general, with concise remarks on the English constitution. II. Of monarchy and hereditary sucession. III. Thoughts on the present state of American affairs. IV. Of the present ability of America, with some miscellaneous reflections; to which is added an appendix