Lecture posted August 12, 2014
The Great Divide: The Ideological Legacies of the American and French Revolutions
Kim R. Holmes, PhD
Let me take you back to 225 years ago to what were then the suburbs of Paris.
An angry crowd gathered outside an old fortress in search of arms and gunpowder. The Bastille was nearly empty. There were only seven inmates, old men who reportedly were annoyed by all the noise outside their cells: four forgers, two “lunatics,” and a so-called deviant…