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should be God be brought into this? Nominally members of the church (Founding Fathers) but doesn’t mean they attended church with any particular beliefs. Quite complex. Everyone can quote something to approve their ideas. Against anything theocratic in the state. C. Americanism / The American Ideal: relatively new. Many people in the colonies started describing themselves as Americans. Puritans regarded themselves as British. The colonies are run by colonial government. Sovereign themselves. Class order doesn’t really pertain to them anymore. Unique, different. Important. Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Adams not born in England. Hard to identify themselves as British. D. The Self-Made Man: Franklin helped invent. Idea of individual success. -- Mythic Journey: Rags to riches, anyone can make it America. Contrast to Europe particularly England (class oriented) -- Mythic Heroes: resourceful, individualistic, able to triumph, is ultimately one’s on man, self-interested. Myth-pattern or story to give identity. Benjamin Franklin himself, was held up as himelf, a model. Inventor of this myth. Frederick Douglass follows this too. Or Sarah Mallenski in BreadGivers. 1. Value of the Myth: gives hope, confidence, pride, energy, creative input. 2. Problems with the Myth : celebrates individual accomplishments. Helping yourselves helps community or means tramping on the people. Is doing well is same as doing good? Is it more important than morality.
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-- Egotism: start thinking they are better than community instead of arising from it (Donald Trump) -- Doing well and doing good: II. Important Documents A. Common Sense help turn tide in independence. Strong topic of debate. 1. Thomas Paine: he emigrated from England two years before. Back there, taxman, got in trouble with a law, loud mouth for his opinions, slightly crooked. Constantly running from debtors. 2. Publication Facts & Figures: published unanimously -- 25 editions published in 1776 alone, about 100,000 copies sold: Newspapers typically sold 2,000 -- Sold very inexpensively to a common readership: reached 100 of thousands of readers in 2.5 million population. Reached a lot of young readers and most of older readers as well. Primary argument: we need to separate from England. Reach out to other people in the world. Logic would make England part of France. It’s a call to action not just an analytical pros and cons. “law is king” No one is above the law. Everyone is held to the same standards, ideally. Introduction: Cause of America is the cause of all mankind. Blank State. Certain degree of Dignity and liberty never seen before. “Natural rights of mankind” –littering documents of the founding of America. People have natural rights. We are born with certain rights. Language: Passionate, engages with arguments against, takes them apart. A lot of analogies, (milk and meat example), Continent governed by an island, ridiculous! B. The Declaration of Independence
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