Max Savelle and Unity
One historian tells of America's united power before the war
Who is Max Savelle?
F.A.Q. And Other Info
Did he think the revolution was really revolutionary / What is his thesis? It was revolutionary. According to Savelle, an internal revolution had already been set in motion long before the British began to come down on the colonists: the national identity of America through intercolonial relations. The external aspect of the revolution was Britain’s tyrannical influence being imposed on the colonies and how the Americans didn’t want their already satisfactory life to be altered.
What evidence did he use to support this? In “The Genesis of an ‘American’ Nationalism”, Savelle talks about how the Colonial Americans all had begun to develop “common loyalty to a common American purpose” “even before 1750.” A big influence was the commercial, social and intellectual correspondence between colonies. Travel and mail became more common and ideas of common nationality inevitably spread.
What school of thought does he belong to? The neoconservative school of thought. Historians that did work post WWII, like Savelle, believed that America’s ideals and life were already secure and the Americans were satisfied with their life before the British began to intervene and so the revolutionary war was just to preserve this life.