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American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence Paperback – May 26, 1998
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A major thrust of the book is its analysis and comparison of "declarations of independence" adopted by various localities and states among the American colonies prior to the adoption of the July 4 1776 document by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The author documents the popular origins of the American Revolution and its roots in older English traditions of bringing royal regimes to an end. Noting that at least ninety, possibly more, such local "declarations" were adopted by various communities in colonial America, during 1775 and 1776, with several examples reproduced in an appendix, the author points to similarities in drafting with English documents which had sought to explain and justify why Englishmen brought the rule by various English kings to an end on five occasions between 1327 and 1485, and then twice again in the seventeenth century. Paradoxically, it was this English tradition of declarations which inspired the drafting of similar declarations among the American colonies as they grew disenchanted with not only British Parliament, but also King George III, and even the British people.Read more ›
Overall, it is an interesting read that sometimes gets bogged down in details and minor differences between the end product and sources used possibly by Jefferson. I would only recommend it for those that want to expand upon their background knowledge of the formulation of the Declaration of Independence.
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Unless you’ve stayed abreast of early American scholarship for the past 30 years, it may come as a surprise to learn that Thomas Jefferson did not write the Declaration of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ricardo Mio
Very thorough background of documents preceding the 'Declaration', insightful treatment of the actual preparation of the Declaration, fascinating account of the after-math of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Danny
Slow, tedious reading ... full of detail and interesting information.Published 6 months ago by Bad Bob
Quality book in fine condition delivered in a timely way. Thanks.Published 7 months ago by thomas e.
Definitely Recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the declaration of indipendence.Published 9 months ago by Octavio Villarreal
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