The World in Time

Joseph J. Ellis

Friday, February 04, 2022

The Phoenix or the Resurrection of Freedom, by James Barry, c. 1776. Photograph © Tate (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0).

In order to understand the American Revolution, historian Joseph J. Ellis writes in The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773–1783, “we must be capable of thinking paradoxically. The American Revolution succeeded because it was not really a revolution. Which means it succeeded because it failed.”

 

This week on the podcast, Lewis H. Lapham speaks with Joseph J. Ellis, author of The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773–1783, about the words, paradoxes, and local influences that powered the American Revolution.

 

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