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The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas epub ebook

by Carl Becker

The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas epub ebook

Author: Carl Becker
Category: Americas
Language: English
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc (April 1, 1991)
ISBN: 0844616192
ISBN13: 978-0844616193
Rating: 4.1
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When Carl L. Becker's classic study of the text of the Declaration of Independence first appeared in 1922, it marked a great departure from the passionate and patriotic tenor of many existing historical analyses

When Carl L. Becker's classic study of the text of the Declaration of Independence first appeared in 1922, it marked a great departure from the passionate and patriotic tenor of many existing historical analyses. But on this occasion I chose to write a book about the document itself.

The Declaration of IndependenceCarl L. Becker's important study is an analysis of the concepts expressed in.Carl Becker was a history professor at Cornell in 1922 when he published The Declaration of Independence; A Study in the History of Political Ideas

The Declaration of IndependenceCarl L. Becker's important study is an analysis of the concepts expressed in the Declaration. Here is a lucid explanation of what the Declaration really is, what views it sets forth, where those views arose, and how they have been accepted or modified by succeeding generations. A book that every American should read. Carl Becker was a history professor at Cornell in 1922 when he published The Declaration of Independence; A Study in the History of Political Ideas. There are several threads combined in his study.

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An examination of the political ideas behind the Declaration of Independence

An examination of the political ideas behind the Declaration of Independence. Becker examines the theory of natural rights, the view the colonists had of their place in the British Empire, and the literary qualities of the Declaration. The declaration of independence. Chapter I: the declaration of independence. Chapter II: historical antecedents of the declaration: the natural rights philosophy.

In this long essay Becker analyzed the structure, drafting, and philosophy of the Declaration. He recognizes that it was not intended as an objective histo.

In all my studies of the Founders, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence over the last quarter century

In all my studies of the Founders, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence over the last quarter century. I have found no other single book that allowed me to so clearly understand (from Mr Beckers perspective) the feelings, enviornment, philosophies that enriched and motivated the leves and character of our founders like this book does. Becker is a genious in the way he presents step by step the methodical and ever changin adjustments of their reasoning during that critical time in our history

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Reviews (7)
Dagdarad
In all my studies of the Founders, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence over the last quarter century. I have found no other single book that allowed me to so clearly understand (from Mr Beckers perspective) the feelings, enviornment, philosophies that enriched and motivated the leves and character of our founders like this book does. Becker is a genious in the way he presents step by step the methodical and ever changin adjustments of their reasoning during that critical time in our history. One should not feel their studies complete or even rational until they have obsorbed this unique work. Then and only then can they put all they have learned, studied and pondered into that mixer we call our brains and come up with a true appreciation of the founders and their great work of that era. A must reading. I would only add that even though Becker is perhaps correct in his assertion that Natural Law allowed the colonist to justify their stance against Britan. There is a truth about their religion that I believe should have been emphasised in more detail. Individually many of them were very Godly, the natural law argument allowed them to justify Independence but was not as ingrained into their souls as their religious beliefs were. Otherwise this book is one of a kind.

Zamo
In high school, kids spend time reviewing the Declaration of Independence and learning its meaning. This book goes well beyond that to inspect the thoughts and ideas that were prevalent in the late 18th century and how they influenced the document. Becker goes into great detail about natural rights theory according to John Locke and explores the ins and outs of its implications. This to me was the strongest and most enjoyable part of the book. He also explores the thoughts and ideas that were circulating Britain at the time.
Building on this foundation, he weaves a tale as to why certain things were worded as they were (like Britain being run as a ruthless tyrant), and why certain things were left out altogether (like slavery). He also closely examines the changes that took place in the drafts and attributes them to individuals who proofread Jefferson's draft. I really could have done without his granularity in this area.
In all, this was a fascinating read. For those of you who want to extend your knowledge beyond the simple presentation of the document you received in high school, I highly recommend buying this book!

OCARO
This is one of the great history books of all time, a classic that every history and political science student should read at some point in their studies and in life. I would prefer it be used in high school classes as supplemental reading, but a strong case can be made that colleges should offer the topic it covers as a short course. Quite simply, Carl Becker's book covers the writing of the Declaration of Independence from the time the committee was appointed to write until its final adoption. Though Thomas Jefferson is credited with the Declaration's authorship, this book shows how difficult it was, how many drafts the document went through, how several concerns about slavery that Jefferson felt deeply (though he personally never carried them out) were ultimately scuttled by the Continental Congress, and the revisions that were made before the final printing was authorized. If you've seen the musical "1776", which I admire greatly, you've still only seen a part of the story. This book fills in the details in brisk prose. You'll never think of the Declaration of Independence the same way again.

Wymefw
Outstanding account of the writing of the Declaration and the philosophy behind it

Gaeuney
We are not perfect--but once upon a time-in a nation we once were--our society...and our government...dealt with problems, not hyperbole!

Qusicam
Carl L. Becker's book on the Declaration of Independence first appeared nearly eighty years ago, and yet it is still a valuable and stimulating study of its subject. It is dated now, for two large reasons:
First, Becker wrote before the revolution in studying the history of ideas, and thus unavoidably predates the close-focus examination of the controversy between Great Britain and her American colonies in the years from 1765 to 1776. Two recent books should be read alongside Becker's monograph -- Pauline Maier's AMERICAN SCRIPTURE: MAKING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (New York: Knopf, 1997; Vintage paperback, 1998), and John Phillip Reid, CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, abridged ed. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995).
Second, Becker focuses on Jefferson as *the* author of the Declaration, neglecting that he was actually the draftsman selected by the Continental Congress and his colleagues within the drafting committee. Thus, the Declaration -- no matter what Jefferson said about it in later life -- was not primarily a window into his own thinking about natural rights and democracy, but rather the final statement by Congress as to the reasons for breaking ties with Britain. To be sure, later generations have read it as an expression of Jefferson's mind -- rather than of "the American mind," as he put it. But, as Maier shows in AMERICAN SCRIPTURE, Jefferson's thinking was nowhere near as unique or advanced on these subjects as later hero-worshipping biographers have suggested.
In particular, as Maier has shown, the age-old dispute about whether Jefferson was or was not influenced by Locke is somewhat beside the point. Even so, Becker's fine book is indispensable for deciding whether we should read the Declaration through Lockean or Jeffersonian lenses, and whether we should regard it as a codification of American aspirations or as a hypocritical catalogue of principles we cannot live up to.
R. B. Bernstein, adjunct professor of law, New York Law School

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