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American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era

Craig Bruce Smith


The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom, it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as “honor” and “virtue.” As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans’ ideological break from Europe and shared by all ranks of society. Focusing his study primarily on prominent Americans who came of age before and during the Revolution—notably John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington—Smith shows how a colonial ethical transformation caused and became insepa ... More

Keywords: American Revolution, Honor, Virtue, Ethics, George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Era, Colonial America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469638836
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Bruce Smith, author
William Woods University