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Origin and Principles of the American Revolution, Compared with the Origin and Principles of the French Revolution, TheUser Review - Mike Rogers - Book Verdict
German political analyst Gentz offered this comparison and contrast of the two great revolutions in 1800. He asserts that the American War of Independence wasn't a revolution at all, but secession, as ... Read full review
Conservatives view constitutions as unwritten, organic empirical facts. The only proper reason to rebel is defend the unwritten constitution when it is being violated.
The American Revolution is often viewed as a radical event much like the French Revolution. On the contrary, Gentz makes the argument that the American Revolution was inherently conservative. It was an attempt to defend and maintain the constitutional relationship between the colonies and the Crown. The colonists' constitutional relationship was with their sovereign not with Parliament (note how the Declaration of Independence was addressed to King George.) As an historical aside, you should note that the actual British constitution had evolved considerably from that which had existed when the colonies were established. From the colonies' point of view, however, Parliament was usurping the existing constitutional relationship between the Crown and the colonies. It was to defend that relationship that they were forced to war.
-Malcolm C. Harris, Sr.