The American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence

The American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence

by George H Smith

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Overview

For almost a century after the U.S. Constitution went into effect, few Americans seem to have questioned the legitimacy of the Revolution. Since the Progressive generation of historians began the work of serious criticism and revision, however, students of American life have largely learned to live with a more complicated understanding of the revolutionary legacy. Smith’s treatment of the era charts space for libertarians to both criticize and revere the American heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944424480
Publisher: Cato Institute
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: Essays of George H. Smith , #1
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

George H. Smith writes a weekly column for Libertarianism. org. He is the author of four books, including The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism, published by Cambridge University Press, and is the editor of Individualism: A Reader and Critics of State Education: A Reader.

Table of Contents

Independence Day: What Is There to Celebrate? 1

Part 1: History of the American Revolution . . . . . . . . . 7

1. Americans with Attitudes: Smuggling in

Colonial America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

2. “Liberty and Property!” The Sons of Liberty and

Resistance to the Stamp Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

3. A Misunderstanding, the Townshend Act, and

More Trouble in the American Colonies 41

4. The Boston Massacre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

5. The Coercive Acts and Their Theoretical Significance 63

6. Fingering the King on the Road to Independence . . . . . 73

Part 2: The Declaration of Independence . . . . . . . . . . 85

7. “That Audacious Document”: Notes on the

Declaration of Independence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

8. Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist? 97

9. The Philosophy of the Declaration of Independence 109

Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Index 133

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