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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distinguish this book as one of the most complete studies of America's--and arguably the world's--most important historical document.
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 11 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 14 months ago by Dan Short
Becker's classic informs the reader about the nature of the Revolution; indeed, it was not simply about home rule (independence), but who shall rule at home (revolution).Published on June 11, 1999