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Clemson scholar’s new book examines ‘America’s Revolutionary Mind’


A newly released book by Clemson University faculty member C. Bradley Thompson reinterprets the American Revolution – from the reasoning and moral principles of revolutionaries before 1776 to their attempts at creating new Revolutionary societies after 1776.

Brad Thompson holding his newest book.
C. Bradley Thompson’s newly released book: ‘America’s Revolutionary Mind.’

America’s Revolutionary Mind: A Moral History of the American Revolution and the Declaration that Defined it explains the principles and significance of the Declaration of Independence as the embodiment of the American mind.

“The book sheds light on the moral revolution that occurred in the minds of the people in the fifteen years before 1776,” Thompson said.  “The Declaration is used as an ideological road map by which to chart the intellectual and moral terrain traveled by American Revolutionaries as they searched for new moral principles to deal with the changed political circumstances of the 1760s and early 1770s.”

Columnist George F. Will said this about Thompson’s book:  “From one of America’s most astute scholars comes an extraordinarily rich study of the ideas that propelled the United States into existence, and to greatness.”

Novelist Robert Bidinotto has written that America’s Revolutionary Mind “may be the most important book of our time.”

Adam Mossoff, professor of law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, called America’s Revolutionary Mind “a tour de force that vastly expands our understanding of the ideas that launched the American Revolution.”

Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Political Science, and is executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, housed in the College of Business and home to the Lyceum Scholars Program for Clemson students.

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