Mainstream historians are both an incestuous and snarky bunch. They latch on to trends–fads really–and pull those trends like mules lugging a heavy cart to market (where they hope to sell books to their tens of fans). In time, the mules give out, but unlike the mule, these historians never realize they are whipped. They hire more mules like them and cut and snipe at the stallions who bravely defy the yoke.
Unfortunately, these trends become ingrained in the academy and become the catchy slogans and cliches of the “educated” elite. Our history then becomes distorted, often unrecognizable from a traditional viewpoint.
Every now and then a stallion is allowed to run free.
Professor Nathan Coleman’s new tome, The American Revolution, State Sovereignty, and the American Constitutional Settlement, 1765-1800, is the type of book the mules will hate. He refutes the now cliche nationalist narrative of American history and paints a different picture of the American founding, one that places the States at the center of American government.
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