„In no obvious sense was the American Revolution undertaken as a social revolution.“

—  Bernard Bailyn, kniha The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (1967), Chapter VI, THE CONTAGION OF LIBERTY, p. 302.
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