Title page for ETD etd-1112103-210714

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Feeney, Joseph Leland
Author's Email Address jfeene1@lsu.edu
URN etd-1112103-210714
Title Continunity and Revolution: The Basis of the American Revolution in the Common Law and the Ancient Constitution, as Explicated by John Dickinson
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
G. Ellis Sandoz Committee Chair
James Stoner Committee Member
William A. Clark Committee Member
  • political thought
  • common law revolution
  • the farmer
  • ancient constitution
  • john dickinson
  • american revolution
Date of Defense 2003-11-04
Availability unrestricted
How revolutionary was the American Revolutionary War? My thesis is that, for a broad cross section of Americans, the political scientific rationale of the American Revolutionary era was based on the Common Law and the Ancient Constitution. In this paper I have investigated the life and writings of John Dickinson so as to provide a standpoint from which the continuity of the Ancient Constitutional and Common Law ethos can be seen as a subtext of the American "Revolutionary" War.
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