Bernard Bailyn wrote in The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution of colonists realizing that it is their right to have and exercise freedom of conscience. If it weren’t for all the pamphleteers’ publishing tracts of political theory 1- years before 1776, we’d be singing “Rule Britannia” now. Professor Katz would have fit in well within that era. His writings are important now to counter sheepish pseudo-scholarship.

Mark Ramsay ’76
Marriottsville, Md.