How To Make A Declaration

The Fourth of July is behind us this year, but it’s not too late to present a gem of an article that summarizes the ideas behind the Declaration of Independence. An introduction to the founding principles in the Declaration can be found in a recent essay in The Washington Times.  The piece includes a deserved hat tip to Bernard Bailyn‘s classic The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, a close examination of the intellectual roots of the independence movement. Though not deep scholarship, the essay does briefly explain what Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1825: “Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.” The American Revolution was caused by a conflict of ideas and political values, not social or economic conflicts.

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One response to “How To Make A Declaration

  1. that last line is suspect. Have they not heard of Charles A Baird’s, “an economic interpretation of the constitution.”

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