Is it true that the American Revolution was a conservative movement?
This is difficult to say for sure, as the modern version of “conservatism” is a recent development. As the colonies’ freedom would spell the end to oppressive British taxation and end mercantilist economic policies, wealthy merchants and traders supported the revolution.
These ideas are supported by modern-day conservative neoliberal economics. However, the political motivations behind the revolution, such as equality, separation of powers, and democracy were liberal Enlightenment ideas.
To temper these threats, the founding fathers established systems like the indirect election of senators, the electoral college, and limited voting rights to maintain the control of the wealthy elite.