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Becker describes the rhythm of the first line of the Declaration of Independence as "that felicitous, haunting cadence which is the peculiar quality of Jefferson's best writing." He goes on to define the purpose of the document, its views, where those views arose, and how succeeding generations have accepted or modified them. Chapters such as "Historical Antecedents of the Declaration: The Natural Rights Philosophy," "Drafting the Declaration; The Literary Qualities of the Declaration," and "The Philosophy of the Declaration in the Nineteenth Century" distinguish this book as one of the most complete studies of America's--and arguably the world's--most important historical document.
I really could have done without his granularity in this area.
This is one of the great history books of all time, a classic that every history and political science student should read at some point in their studies and in life.
Becker does an awesome job dissecting the Declaration and its influences primarily from Jefferson through Locke.
This is one of the great history books of all time, a classic that every history and political science student should read at some point in their studies and in life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charlie Aukerman
We are not perfect--but once upon a time-in a nation we once were--our society...and our government...dealt with problems, not hyperbole!Published 5 months ago by Dan Short
I have read this book, off and on, several times. It never ceases to amaze me. I tend to be a controversialist and rely upon this book often to help those who seem convinced that... Read morePublished on November 14, 2002 by A. Ort