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Table Of Contents

American Principles
Fifty Years Later
The Lives and Characters of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
Petition for Freedom
The Constitution and Slavery
Republican Consistency!
The Cause of the Present Crisis
What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?
Debate on the Dred Scott Decision
The Chief Cornerstone
Gettysburg Address
Reconstructing America
Seneca Falls Declaration
Declaration of the Rights of Women
The Inevitability of Women’s Suffrage
What is Progress?
Speech on the Fourth of July
Commonwealth Club Address
Speech at the Bicentennial of the Constitution
The Sanctity of Human Life
America’s Work in the World
A More Perfect Union
Notes
Index
About the Author
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American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence

American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence has been the subject of competing interpretations since its adoption by the Continental Congress on the Fourth of July 1776, and for nearly two and a half centuries the political ideas expressed in its preamble have inspired reform movements both at home and abroad. From the early debates on the nature of the American Republic to abolitionism, progressivism, the civil rights movement, and contemporary debates about American economic and foreign policy, the Declaration is, as it has been, a vibrant and dynamic, though perennially disputed, source of American ideals.

The present volume brings together a variety of speeches and writings related to the contested meaning and legacy of the Declaration of Independence, and the various documents assembled together demonstrate how competing interpretations of the Declaration have shaped, and been shaped by, political conflict in America. The Declaration is perhaps our "national soul," as Charles Sumner wrote in 1860, but Americans have rarely spoken of it with one voice. American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence paints, with broad strokes, a picture of the debates that have shaped a nation.
The Declaration of Independence has been the subject of competing interpretations since its adoption by the Continental Congress on the Fourth of July 1776, and for nearly two and a half centuries the political ideas expressed in its preamble have inspired reform movements both at home and abroad. From the early debates on the nature of the American Republic to abolitionism, progressivism, the civil rights movement, and contemporary debates about American economic and foreign policy, the Declaration is, as it has been, a vibrant and dynamic, though perennially disputed, source of American ideals.

The present volume brings together a variety of speeches and writings related to the contested meaning and legacy of the Declaration of Independence, and the various documents assembled together demonstrate how competing interpretations of the Declaration have shaped, and been shaped by, political conflict in America. The Declaration is perhaps our "national soul," as Charles Sumner wrote in 1860, but Americans have rarely spoken of it with one voice. American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence paints, with broad strokes, a picture of the debates that have shaped a nation.

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