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" Drafted by Thomas Jefferson
between June 11 and June 28, 1776,
the Declaration of Independence is at once
the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty
and Jefferson's most enduring monument.
Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases,
Jefferson expressed the convictions
in the minds and hearts of the American people.
The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new;
its ideals of individual liberty
had already been expressed by John Locke
and the Continental philosophers.
What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy
in "self-evident truths"
and set forth a list of grievances
against the King
in order to justify before the world
the breaking of ties between the colonies
and the mother country. "
Source: The Charters of Freedom website.
This is wonderful, two commentaries with different angles on the same article. Don't miss Aaron Barlow's front page piece on Keller - standingup
I received the link for this 11-29-07 article in an email this morning Not dead yet: the newspaper in the days of digital anarchy. It's the transcript of Bill Keller's speech at a memorial for the Guardian columnist Hugo Young. The entire piece is breath-taking in the ground it covers, and in my opinion, the courage it shows, though some may disagree with me.