The Restoration was generally viewed as the triumph of the Tories over the Whigs, who had to walk a fine line between opposition to the Tories and supporting a revolutionary cause then deemed treasonous. James II's oppressive measures, however, lead to what might be viewed as the last chapter of the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, which breathed new life into the Whig cause and strengthened Parliament's role in government. Suddenly, ideas practiced during the Civil War, like parliamentary government, were respectable again.
I agree all this had a huge impact on American thinking. John Locke, who returned to England with William and Mary, gave a philosophical basis for the new Whig thinking on government. His writings were very popular in America and influenced the Founders
The English ruling class seemed to think America was overrun by Whigs and Presbyterians, who they blamed for the American Revolution. Way too simple, but certainly a kernel of truth to that.
To: colorado tanker
There was a Whig party in early America of course, not too sure about the Presbyterian impact — but then, leave it to the hidebound Brits to get it wrong.
posted on 03/09/2011 4:39:36 PM PST
(The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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