Lecture 08 - American Heritage September 26, 2011...

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American Heritage September 26, 2011 Objectives • Understand some of the ideas and ideals at the heart of the American Revolution. • Analyze the different components of the Declaration of Independence. • Discuss the meaning of liberty and the relevance of the Declaration today. The Revolution Ideas, Rhetoric, events
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Liberty as Self-Government Not tyranny Resist domination by parliament or the king Limited government that ensures “rights and privileges” But not anarchy either “Liberty does not consist in living without all restraint.” Public good and public virtue Have a say in the laws that govern them Consent and participation Enjoy “the happiness of living under laws of our own making” Ability to determine own future Economic freedom The Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson “Neither aiming at originality or principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, [The Declaration of Independence] was intended to be an expression of the American mind.”
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The Declaration of Independence • Section I: The Opening • Section II: Theoretical Core • Section III: Evidence • Section IV: Conclusion
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Section I: The Opening IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 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 respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Section II: Theoretical Core We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2011 for the course AMERICAN H 100 taught by Professor Dr,holland during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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Lecture 08 - American Heritage September 26, 2011...

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