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The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise On July the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous

  • Title: The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States
  • Author: Founding Fathers
  • ISBN: 9780553214826
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise.On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the DeclThe Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise.On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration set forth the terms of a new form of government with the following words We hold these Truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Framed in 1787 and in effect since March 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America fulfilled the promise of the Declaration by establishing a republican form of government with separate executive, legislative, and judicial branches The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791 Among the rights guaranteed by these amendments are freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the right to trial by jury Written so that it could be adapted to endure for years to come, the Constitution has been amended only seventeen times since 1791 and has lasted longer than any other written form of government.

    Declaration of Independence A Transcription National Jul , In Congress, July , The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature s God entitle them, a decent United States Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence National Archives Mar , The Declaration of Independence states the principles on which our government, and our identity as Americans, are based Unlike the other founding documents, the Declaration of Independence is not legally binding, but it is powerful Abraham Lincoln called it a rebuke and a stumbling block to tyranny and oppression. Declaration of Independence Text of the Declaration of The Declaration of Independence unambiguously condemned the king as a tyrant The so called th century British Whig historians also criticized the king in very harsh terms, maintaining, at their most extreme, that as a young prince he was indoctrinated with archaic and inflated ideas of royal History at your fingertips Declaration of Independence HISTORY Jul , The Declaration of Independence was the first formal statement by a nation s people asserting their right to choose their own government When armed conflict between bands of American colonists and

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    1. Founding Fathers says:
      The term Founding Fathers of the United States of America refers broadly to the individuals of the Thirteen British Colonies in North America who led the American Revolution against the authority of the British Crown and established the United States of America It is also used narrowly, referring specifically to those who either signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 or who were delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention and took part in drafting the proposed Constitution of the United States A further subset includes those who signed the Articles of Confederation During much of the 19th century, they were referred to as either the Founders or the Fathers.Some historians define the Founding Fathers to mean a larger group, including not only the Signers and the Framers but also all those who, whether as politicians, jurists, statesmen, soldiers, diplomats, or ordinary citizens, took part in winning American independence and creating the United States of America Historian Richard B Morris in 1973 identified the following seven figures as the key Founding Fathers John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin worked on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence Hamilton, Madison, and Jay were authors of the The Federalist Papers, advocating ratification of the Constitution Washington commanded the revolutionary army All served in important positions in the early government of the United StatesB based on First Continental CongressDOD based on death of James Madison, last surviving member

    Comment 328 on “The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

    1. Mike (the Paladin) says:
      What do I need to say Read them, understand them, and give thanks.Also let me recommend, treasure, protect, and pray we keep them, unbroken.Please.

    2. Kelly says:
      During South by Southwest 2003, I saw a movie called The Revolution Will Not Be Televised The movie is about President Chavez in Venezuela and the failed coup attempt on his presidency In the background coverage of his presidency, the filmmakers recounted how as President, he encouraged his citizens to read their brand new constitution and learn it They interviewed some Venezuelans who did not know to read, but had learned to read by reading their constitution return return I was touched by this [...]

    3. DJ Harris says:
      It is nearly impossible to review such an important historical work In my opinion this is one of the most important documents in history.

    4. Nick says:
      Everyone including me has read this repeatedly for school So I knew this would be bad, but I didn t know how bad until I went through it underlining everything negative and circling everything positive Why the Cato institute publishes this, and why it is handed out at libertarian events completely escapes me.I will omit things too minor to note Asterisks rank importance.Lets skip the declaration since its meh Its way better than the constitution though I ll just note that the consent of the gove [...]

    5. Lynn says:
      honestly could ve been done better reads kind of pretentious not intersectional enough

    6. Dustin Cleveland says:
      I should confess that I am putting this copy up only to mean that I have read the Declaration and the Constitution themselves, and have copies on my bookshelf I have not actually read this book with this particular foreword.Sorry that that isn t really a review These foundational documents are immortal, and important beyond description Every American should read these documents, simply so that they may know what it does and does not say.

    7. Jeff Walden says:
      What s to say It s the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments, in their original forms The only adjustment is that portions of the Constitution and amendments changed by subsequent amendments are bracketed and footnoted to indicate which amendment changed them So, for example, the Eighteenth Amendment instituting Prohibition is bracketed and noted as repealed by the Twenty First Amendment Have you ever noticed the alcoholic beverage amendm [...]

    8. David L says:
      Only the foundation of our daily lives, the lives of our grandparents and our great grandchildren Its worth reading Try to find the place where certain classes of people are not protected Go on, it s fun Check those Beautiful Amendments out How bout that who do they apply to Citizens, legal immigrants, illegal immigrants The plot twist in the 2nd Amendment is riviting I don t want to be a spoiler but the part about a Well regulated Militia being necessary WOW Quiz to follow While pain stakingly [...]

    9. Mario García says:
      Essential reading for any sentient being capable of actual reading The development of the American empire affects most of the world Yet, it was almost a provision of American thinkers not to fight tyranny itself but rather fight a small portion of the tyrants before becoming as such.It is almost an historical contradiction that some years later United States of America found itself fighting terror, instead of a single terrorist If History is not read correctly about who is who and what is what t [...]


    10. Natalie says:
      I keep this in my purse, just in case someone wants to read me my rights no thanks, I ve got my own copy P

    11. Meghan says:
      I feel like rating or reviewing the Constitution is asking for trouble, so I read it.

    12. Juergen John Roscher says:
      Review on The Declaration of Independence Dates Read 8 Nov 2010 and 28 Jan 2011I read The Declaration of Independence in an attempt to better understand the principles on which the United States was founded I feel a need to be educated about its history and founding fathers philosophies to counter attack many of the revisionists that promote ideological based and at times plain un American interpretations of America s history and founding documents There is no better source of understanding this [...]

    13. Liz says:
      A very interesting historical document, if one knows the entire background story that led up to it and all the players that took part and contributed as well as those ignored and forgotten.

    14. Ksenia ^_^ says:
      The great edition of one of the greatest constitutions in the world

    15. Christopher says:
      Reading the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States gives one an appreciation for just how forward thinking and far ahead of their time the founding fathers were Or it should anyway The establishment of the various checks and balances put forward in these documents, specifically the Constitution, is nothing short of brilliant That said, it also drives home the point that, in spite of the genius entailed in these documents, they are imperfect The founding fathers rea [...]

    16. Tyler says:
      I would have given our founding documents a five star review, except that the Founding Fathers left that tiny bit about slavery all other persons that peculiar institution in the Constitution Despite today s conservative politicians exalting the Founding Fathers to the status of demigods, the fact that they gave in and compromised to keep slavery instead of standing by their principles to end the institution once and for all shows they were, in fact, mortal after all they gave in to both economi [...]

    17. David says:
      Essential reading for any American So many who use the words unconstitutional to support their agendas have never actually read the document, but get their understanding from other people who have never read it Read it yourself That rating should be 4.5 stars if would allow it, which would include a perfect 5 star rating for the Declaration of Independence and most of the Constitution, with a slight deduction for the ruinous experiment of outlawing liquor thankfully repealed and the amendment mo [...]

    18. Josiphine/Tessa says:
      Happy Independence Day We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between t [...]

    19. Leah says:
      I m torn between 4 and 5 This was a brilliant concept to play with, but I felt sort of bereft upon finishing, like the story wasn t complete I also thought a lot of issues were brought up and then addressed sort of prefunctorily, like slavery and stuff it was like, oh yeah, I forgot that part of the story, I ll finish it up really quick and then move onbut I didn t get much of a sense of resolution SEQUEL Thank god I have health insurance, because I think I just punctured my cheek with my tongue [...]

    20. Madeline says:
      This is a beautiful document that to the casual reader can make a tedious read.Read about the background and the significance of these documents and compare them to your present circumstances and you will grow to love them I seriously recommend comparing the actions of the present president with the trespasses of George in the Declaration of Independence The Constitution is fascinating once you start reading about the Convention and our present circumstances.

    21. Kat says:
      Ok, holy shit, one day I subbed for Crystal and I had to try to teach this to the kidsat is a challenge I didn t even know how to approach Props to history teachers that can actually translate this important document and have their students actually care and understand how this impacts their lives.

    22. Robyn says:
      I love the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution It holds us to a higher standard, I ve been ready it lately as America steers further from it My mom and I decided to make it a tradition to read it at least once a year in celebration of the fourth, as well as any time a law is passed that goes against it.

    23. Doug says:
      Maier gives a good introduction to the development of these documents It not only sets them in their historical context it also discusses their relationship to each other Politicians are always asking each other if they have read the constitution This book is a good way to do just that.

    24. Leonardo Campos-moya says:
      I downloaded the free version for my kindle, and I was impressed with how radical it really was The notions that people can overthrow a government that no longer serves them and that they have inalienable rights are very progressive It is essential reading for anyone, and not just Americans.

    25. Zach says:
      I read it in under an hour I wonder if Donald J Trump can say the same

    26. Chris Gordon says:
      The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America are two documents that every American should own or at the very least be familiar with Drafted by our Founding Fathers, these documents led to the creation and prosperity of the greatest country in the world, and they should never be taken for granted.The Declaration of Independence outlines the various reasons why the American colonies decided it to be in their best interests to remove themselves from British r [...]

    27. Stacy says:
      After reading through this today with my kids we had a wonderful discussion on freedoms, tyranny, and our many many blessings How blessed we are to live in a time when we do not have a tyrant king I am so thankful for this document and that it has been preserved all this time If only we will read and study it and the constitution we will be so much better off.

    28. Chelsea Cruse says:
      I read it every year and both are always as brilliant and awe inspiring as the last time I read them.

    29. P.H. Wilson says:
      Real rating 5.9 10It is a legal document, which means it is not stellar reading One feels that like the bible most people are quoting the quotable aspects and never reading the source material If one is American, one is apt to romanticise the document and ignore some of the less progressive or racist remarks within the two documents in exchange for a memory of what was forcibly pushed on them in school A must read it is not, its importance is grand, but one need not put it on their bucket list a [...]

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