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American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of by Justin B. Dyer, David L. Boren

By Justin B. Dyer, David L. Boren

The assertion of Independence has been the topic of competing interpretations considering its adoption via the Continental Congress at the Fourth of July 1776, and for almost and a part centuries the political principles expressed in its preamble have encouraged reform hobbies either at domestic and overseas. From the early debates at the nature of the yank Republic to abolitionism, progressivism, the civil rights circulation, and modern debates approximately American fiscal and international coverage, the assertion is, because it has been, a colourful and dynamic, even though perennially disputed, resource of yankee beliefs.

The current quantity brings jointly various speeches and writings with regards to the contested which means and legacy of the statement of Independence, and some of the records assembled jointly reveal how competing interpretations of the statement have formed, and been formed via, political clash in the United States. The announcement could be our "national soul," as Charles Sumner wrote in 1860, yet americans have hardly ever spoken of it with one voice. American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the statement of Independence paints, with vast strokes, an image of the debates that experience formed a nation.

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That men are engaged in the design of subverting a lawful Government, should endeavour by a cloud of words, to throw a veil over their design; that they should endeavour to beat down the criteria between tyranny and lawful government, is not at all surprising. But rather surprising it must certainly appear, that they should advance maxims so incompatible with their present conduct. If the right of enjoying life be unalienable, whence came their invasion of his Majesty’s province of Canada? Whence the unprovoked destruction of so many lives of the inhabitants of that province?

The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would not longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished luster the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit. Stand forth, ye champions of Britannia, ruler of the waves! Stand forth, ye chivalrous knights of chartered liberties and the rotten borough!

The Information you give me of our Friends refusing his Appointment, has given me much Pain, Grief and Anxiety. I believe I shall be obliged to follow his Example. I have not Fortune enough to support my Family, and what is of more Importance, to support the Dignity of that exalted Station. It is too high and lifted up, for me; who delight in nothing so much as Retreat, Solitude, Silence, and Obscurity. In private Life, no one has a Right to censure me for following my own Inclinations, in Retirement, Simplicity, and Frugality: in public Life, every Man has a Right to remark as he pleases, at least he thinks so.

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