American Heritage

"The American Founding"

Overview

Prior to the Revolutionary War, the tradition of self-government in America was nurtured by the English common law tradition and the original charters of the American colonies. Colonial debates regarding representation and taxation grew out of the larger practical and theoretical debates in England on the nature of sovereignty, the power and authority of the monarch over Parliament, and the rights of Englishmen in the wake of social and political changes brought about by the Glorious Revolution.

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Paul A. Rahe is the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Professor in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a B.A. from the University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. from Yale University.