By Justin B. Dyer, David L. Boren
The announcement of Independence has been the topic of competing interpretations due to the fact that 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 events either at domestic and in another country. From the early debates at the nature of the yankee Republic to abolitionism, progressivism, the civil rights circulate, and modern debates approximately American monetary and international coverage, the statement is, because it has been, a colourful and dynamic, although perennially disputed, resource of yank beliefs.
The current quantity brings jointly quite a few speeches and writings regarding the contested that means and legacy of the assertion of Independence, and some of the files assembled jointly reveal how competing interpretations of the announcement have formed, and been formed via, political clash in the USA. The statement might be our "national soul," as Charles Sumner wrote in 1860, yet americans have not often 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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And for the support of this declaration, [with a firm Reliance on the Protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE], we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, & our sacred honour. 3 Letters to Abigail John Adams, 1776 John Adams (1735–1826) was a member of the committee in charge of drafting a declaration of independence, and he penned the following letters to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776. —Philadelphia July 3, 1776 Your Favour of June 17 dated at Plymouth, was handed me, by yesterdays Post.
Old errors are discarded, and new errors are embraced. Governments feel the same effects from this spirit as every thing else. Some, like our own, grow into beauty and excellence, while others sink still deeper into deformity and wretchedness. The experience of all ages will bear us out in saying, that alterations of political systems are always attended with a greater or less degree of danger. They ought, therefore, never to be undertaken, unless the evil complained of be really felt and the prospect of a remedy clearly seen.
But they differed not less in principle and in object, than in the means, with which they were conducted, and the manner, in which they were terminated. The leaders of the French revolution, manifesting an utter disregard to all principle in their measures, and sincerity in their professions, actuated by deadly hatred to all that was eminent and respectable in character, or amiable and elegant in manners, or fixed and settled in the institutions of society, and instigated by a boundless ambition, readily seized on the en- 28 Chapter 8 thusiasm themselves had excited, to gratify their malignant passions.