What Would The Founders Think? posted a great review/summary of my new book, Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers: The Fight for Control of the American Revolution.
Michael Newton’s latest book, Angry Mobs and Founding Fathers, is a densely packed, meticulously researched, compendium of historical knowledge. Newton has done a great job assembling a formidable bibliography1 of both original sources and the works of respected historians, synthesizing them into an exposition of the forces responsible for the American experiment.
Newton documents the disparate roles played by “angry mobs” and by “Founding Fathers.” These two forces were not always in sync with one another. At times the irascible mobs were in control, and the aristocratic Founders struggled to reign them in, guide their passions, or even just keep up. At other times, like during the period of Constitutional Convention, it was the Founders who struggled to convince the masses of the efficacy of their plans.