The Declaration of Independence: A Study on the History of Political Ideas
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: A Study on the History of Political Ideas (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1922).
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Table of Contents
- THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
- CHAPTER I: THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
- CHAPTER II: HISTORICAL ANTECEDENTS OF THE DECLARATION: THE NATURAL RIGHTS PHILOSOPHY
- CHAPTER III: HISTORICAL ANTECEDENTS OF THE DECLARATION: THEORY OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
- CHAPTER IV: DRAFTING THE DECLARATION
- THE ROUGH DRAFT (as it probably read when Jefferson first submitted it to Franklin.)1
- THE ROUGH DRAFT as it probably read when Jefferson made the ‘fair copy’ which was presented to Congress as the report of the Committee of Five.
- THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (as it reads in the Lee copy, which is probably the same as the report of the Committee of Five, with parts omitted by Congress crossed out and the parts added interlined in italics.)
- THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (as it reads in the parchment copy.)
- CHAPTER V: THE LITERARY QUALITIES OF THE DECLARATION
- CHAPTER VI: THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE DECLARATION IN THE NINTEENTH CENTURY