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America Declares Independence

America Declares Independence - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471264828

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ISBN13: 978-0471264828
ISBN10: 0471264822 Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No

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America Declares Independence - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471264828

Alan Dershowitz

ISBN13: 978-0471264828
ISBN10: 0471264822 Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

The Declaration of Independence as you've never seen it before

Some of us cherish it with near-scriptural reverence. Others simply take it for granted. In this contentious new look at the Declaration of Independence, however, celebrated attorney Alan Dershowitz takes "America's birth certificate" and its principal author, Thomas Jefferson, to task.

Dershowitz searches for the sources, history, and underlying reasoning that produced the Declaration and its particular language, from its reference to the "Laws of Nature and Nature's God" through the long list of complaints against the abuses of King George III. He points out contradictions within the document, notes how the meanings of Jefferson's words have changed over the centuries, and asks many disturbing questions, including:

  • Where do rights come from?
  • Do we have "unalienable rights"?
  • Do rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" have any meaning?
  • How could slaveowners claim to believe that "all men are created equal"?
  • Is the God of the Declaration the God of the Bible?
  • Does the Declaration establish a Christian State?
  • Are there "Laws of Nature and of Nature's God"?

Challenging, upsetting, and controversial, this brilliant polemic may anger you, delight you, or force you to reexamine your opinions. One thing's for sure: after reading America Declares Independence, you'll never take the Declaration of Independence for granted again.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.
Introduction.

Chapter 1. Who is the God of the Declaration?
Chapter 2. What Are "The Laws of Nature and Nature's God"?
Chapter 3. How Can Jefferson's Views of Equality and Slavery Be Reconciled?

Conclusion.
Appendix: The Declaration of Independence.
Notes.
Index.

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