The author cites works that he says helped him form his ideas consciously and subconsciously; first of which is George Bancroft's History of the United States of America (Vol. 2); in which Bancroft answers the question "How did the United States come into being as a nation dedicated to principles of liberty and equality?" with utter confidence, according to Morgan.2 Bancroft was born in the post-revolution era in Massachusetts; his father was a revolutionary soldier and an author, which may have made his work biased toward the Patriots rather than the loyalists. Works Cited 1.Yale University. "Department of History."
In Founding Brothers, Joseph J. Ellis discusses how the relationships of the founding fathers shaped the United States, looking not only at what happened historically but the myths that have prevailed in modern times. I have few issues with this book one of which is that the narrative often jumps from one time and place to another, and while it provides the relevant information and keeps the reader’s attention, it can be hard to follow at times. In addition there are times were he explains the same incident more than once, which is distracting and unnecessary. Despite this Ellis supports his thesis well through stories of political and personal events between the founders, and clearly shows how it affected their treatment of each other. This shows why they fought and worked together the ways they did and why they left certain issues closed, and others open to later interpretation.
In 1775, the American movement towards freedom was gaining strength. Many authors during this time wrote about how the colonies needed to break away from England and become a free, independent nation. For example, Thomas Paine, John Adams and his wife Abigail are historic figures that played a significant role in the independence movement. They wished for an independent, British-free society where revolution was the means to achieve their common goal. The eventual triumph over Britain fulfilled the promises and aspirations of both Paine and the Adamses.
Thomas Jefferson did not effectively persuade his audience that the colonies should become independent from Great Britain. However, the unintended audience is convinced that the colonies were right by establishing their independence. If the unintended audience did not think so, then America would not be recognized as a sovereign nation today. Thomas Jefferson tried to accomplish his purpose through the means of logical, emotional, and ethical appeals, as well as rhetorical devices including syntax, diction, parallelism, and personification. Thomas Jefferson drafted the oldest declarations in the world for a country, and choose every word purposefully.
However, it was the radical acceptance of democracy that was the final step toward independence. The transformation between becoming a Republic, to ultimately becoming a democracy, is where Wood’s evaluation of the revolution differs from other historians. He contributes such a transformation to the social and economic factors that faced the colonists. While Gordon Wood creates a persuasive argument in his book, he does however neglect to consider other contributing factors of the revolution. It is these neglected factors that provide opportunity for criticism of his book.
In What Did the Declaration Declare?, Joseph J. Ellis, an editor for history publications presents various historical perceptions on the analytical conception of this mythic text of American public life. The Declaration of Independence has enjoyed a long and useful career as an expression of "natural rights," providing Americans with an influential statement of their national doctrine. Thomas Jefferson had no reason to believe that he was writing a document that would become so revered throughout the ages. One may confirm the Declaration’s idealistic origins by examining Carl Becker’s enduring argument that the Declaration was an American product of the doctrines of John Locke. The Declaration was composed for a specific purpose.
The founding fathers were very strong supporters and promoters of republican ideas and were very involved in the development of the American political system. “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..” The Declaration Of Independence talks about how important having a government is and if it isn 't what the people want they should be able to get rid of it and form a government they do feel fit. Thomas Jefferson talks about a need for independence from Britain. The way Jefferson talks about wanting
After a hard won bitter revolution, America was given the opportunity to create its own government. The Founding Fathers did not want to create another monarchy, but instead a republic, or representative government, was formed. The Constitution was organized to establish laws for government and people. The Founding Father’s political theory was antithesis to American democratic faith. The philosophy of the founding fathers is analyzed including the idea of stability in government, republicanism, and the nature of man.
On January 10, 1776, an insightful man by the name of Thomas Paine published one of America’s most important documents to this day. A pamphlet that accomplished things many bloody battles could not, this sacred writing was titled as Common Sense. It outlined the main reasons why the British colonies should separate from the British monarch and highlighted upon the potential greatness of the creation of a democratic republic. Paine’s main purpose was to convince the people of England why his idea of a revolution was the best thing for them. Either the British people fight for their independence or they choose to remain prisoner in a nation that continues to let its people down.
As young as I was I knew the document is important but the thought did not occur to me that it is the basis for American Ethos. This document is so important that it is referenced in presidential speeches, like President William Clinton’s speech “Our New Covenant.” Clinton’s speech follows the ethos put into place by the Declaration of Independence, but there are areas where the ethos extends farther than the Declaration and areas where past presidents have departed from those ethos. The character of the United States is illuminated by the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wanted to build a government where people are free and where the government “derives its power from the consent of the governed and it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it” (Jefferson, 247). T... ... middle of paper ... ...dence.