Colonial America was a diverse place. And each voice is valuable. Historians must be sensitive to this fact. We know now that any narrative privileges certain perspectives. There are thus many narratives that can be told about the eighteenth century. But there must be a theme to unite any story. Beeman convincingly argues that historians must look beyond political ideas and ideologies to actual practices. In doing so, Beeman provides a useful and necessary caution against easy generalizations about the thirteen colonies, but we still need to construct a new synthesis to help us talk about colonial politics.
Reviews in American History
Neem, Johann N., "Early Modern Postmodern Polities: The Narratives of Colonial Political Development. A Review of: The Varieties of Political Experience in Eighteenth-Century America" (2004). History Faculty and Staff Publications. 18.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Political culture--United States--History--18th century; Regionalism--United States--History--18th century; Democracy--United States--History--18th century
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Beeman, Richard R. Varieties of political experience in eighteenth-century America