What was it that inspired the Founding Fathers to create the incredible nation that they did?
Is there more to the story than just a group of incredible men coming together to create an incredible country?
These two questions were on my mind as I started to research Liberty Inherited. For me, it seemed inconceivable that a group of men could come together to create out of thin air the system of government that they did. There had to be more to the story and the narrative that they drew on the Roman Republic seemed just as inconceivable.
So to answer these questions I decided to take a completely different approach to the founding of this nation. I decided to take a look at history— not from our perspective back— but the history as the founding fathers knew it. This required me to delve in to the history that preceded the events that occurred in North America during the second half of the 18th century.
During the five years of research I did for the book, I discovered a history that is as beautiful as it is astounding. Finally I had the answers to the blanks created by the narratives I was taught in school. In fact, it made me realize that the understanding that most Americans have regarding the founding of this nation is based more on myth than it is on fact.
John Hancock has traced the origins of American liberty back to their earliest roots, in the political struggles of early modern England. He understands that our two countries are joint inheritors of a great tradition: the tradition of limited government, of parliamentary supremacy, of personal freedom and of the common law. This book is a refreshing antidote to the prevailing historical schools on both sides of the Atlantic. – Daniel Hannan (MEP, Columnist, Author)
For example, nearly half of Liberty Inherited is dedicated to detailing The Glorious Revolution of 1688. Never heard of the Glorious Revolution of 1688? Don’t worry, neither have most of your fellow Americans. Yet, this revolution — which occurred in England nearly a century before the American Revolution — gave the American colonists the moral and legal justification for the rebellion that led to the fateful events of 1776. The resulting Declarations of Rights of 1689 provided, in writing, the rights that the colonists — as Englishmen – were entitled to. Rights that King George III and Parliament would violate nearly a century later. Rights that the patriots would fight and die for. More significantly, it would serve as the template for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights.
The fact is that no one can have a complete understanding of the founding of this nation and why it became the exceptional nation that it did without knowing the history I detail in Liberty Inherited. This makes Liberty Inherited a must read for anyone who wants to know the untold story of America’s exceptionalism.