Declaration of Independence

The American and French Revolutions Compared

By |2017-05-11T13:58:08-05:00May 7th, 2017|Categories: Alexander Hamilton, American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, History, Revolution, Timeless Essays|

Americans turned to the concrete lessons of history and experience to guide them in securing their liberty. The French, on the other hand, deified Reason above not only experience, but also above religion and divine revelation… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Sean Busick as he explores [...]

Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time

By |2019-02-14T12:02:19-05:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Declaration of Independence, Featured, History, Thomas Jefferson|

In a certain sense, Thomas Jefferson’s allies and enemies invented him in the years following his resignation from the Washington Administration. To the former, he became something akin to a Second Coming of the Savior, while to the latter, he seemed nothing less than a version of the Anti-Christ… Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image [...]

Locating the Tory Tradition in American History

By |2017-03-03T11:22:56-05:00January 4th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Declaration of Independence, Featured, History, Revolution|

We ought to locate the basis of American conservatism in our colonial past, at a time when the English Tory variant of the old order of Europe had a real presence in our civilization, and we ought to remember that the old Tory order survived in the American historical tradition despite the Revolution of '76, [...]

The Principles That Bind Us: The Jubilee of the Constitution

By |2019-07-03T14:42:47-05:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured, George Washington, History, John Quincy Adams|

“Lay up the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in your hearts, and in your soul—teach them to your children—cling to them as to the issues of life—adhere to them as to the cords of your eternal salvation…” Editor’s Note: John Quincy Adams, at the time a former President of the [...]

Fudging the Founding: When Theory is Disguised as History

By |2019-04-02T15:07:58-05:00July 19th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Books, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured|

Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of “We the People” by Randy Barnett (Northampton, MA: Broadside Books, 2016) Ostensibly a work on constitutional history and proper constitutional interpretation, Randy Barnett’s, Our Republican Constitution, is actually theory disguised as history. He argues that the Founders, through the Declaration of Independence, grounded our constitutionalism on [...]

Thomas Jefferson & the Declaration of Independence

By |2019-07-03T12:04:04-05:00July 3rd, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Essential, Featured, Myth, Political Science Reviewer, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Ross Lence as he unravels the myths that obscure our understanding of the Declaration of Independence.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It is not accidental that the Greek word for history (historia) is a derivative of the verb meaning to narrate what one has [...]

A Revolution Not Made But Prevented

By |2019-07-03T13:36:55-05:00July 3rd, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Edmund Burke, Featured, RAK, Revolution, Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Russell Kirk as he reflects on Edmund Burke’s understanding of the American Revolution. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Was the American War of Independence a revolution? In the view of Edmund Burke and of the Whigs generally, it was not the sort of [...]

The Last of the Romans: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

By |2019-08-07T00:17:35-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, Bradley J. Birzer, Charles Carroll, Declaration of Independence, Featured|

The last of the American signers of the Declaration of Independence to pass from this world, Charles Carroll of Carroll was also one of the most formally educated of the American founders. Living seventeen years in France and England, Carroll earned his B.A. in the traditional liberal arts and an M.A. in philosophy. He [...]

How Equality Is Misleading

By |2016-07-04T01:02:48-05:00February 28th, 2016|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Equality, Featured, History, M. E. Bradford, Slavery|

I Let us have no foolishness, indeed.* Equality as a moral or political imperative, pursued as an end in itself—Equality, with the capital "E"—is the antonym of every legitimate conservative principle. Contrary to most Liberals, new and old, it is nothing less than sophistry to distinguish between equality of opportunity (equal starts in the "race of [...]

Thirteen Clocks Striking Together: The Forging of American Independence

By |2016-07-04T01:02:49-05:00November 25th, 2015|Categories: Declaration of Independence, Featured, History, Literature, Thomas Jefferson|

Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776, by Richard R. Beeman (Basic Books, 2013) The Declaration of Independence is a document more revered than understood. Unlike the Constitution, the framing and ratification of which produced volumes of contemporary commentary that continue to inform political and legal debate, [...]

The Ravishing Rays of the Glory of Independence

By |2019-06-27T11:11:12-05:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Declaration of Independence, Featured, John Adams|

Yesterday, the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was nor will be decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, and as such they have, and of [...]

Are Self-Evident Truths True?

By |2018-12-07T16:40:30-05:00August 2nd, 2015|Categories: American Founding, Declaration of Independence, Featured, Republicanism|

Is there a political philosophy in the Declaration of Independence? One step toward answering this question—not the only step, but from the philosopher’s point of view the most fundamental—is to ask whether the “self-evident truths” of the Declaration are really true after all. Another way of putting it, which I once saw in a [...]

The Declaration of Independence: Translucent Poetry

By |2019-07-03T11:40:10-05:00July 4th, 2015|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, James Madison, Samuel Adams, St. John's College, Thomas Jefferson|

Section I  The Legacy of the Declaration When American schoolchildren first discover that they have a place in the world they sometimes give their addresses a wonderful form. Transformed for our case, it would be: “Proper Name, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland, the United States of America, the North American continent, the Earth, the Solar [...]

The Gospel of Lincoln

By |2016-07-04T01:02:52-05:00July 1st, 2015|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Featured|Tags: |

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address has achieved a status as American Scripture equaled only by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Washington’s Farewell Address. In merely 271 words, the wartime president fused his epoch’s most powerful and disruptive tendencies—nationalism, democratism, and German idealism—into a civil religion indebted to the language of Christianity, but devoid of [...]