Thursday, December 18, 2003

The Spark of Independence

A little companion book to one I read earlier on the Declaration of Independence from the History Book Club. This one contains primary source materials of some of the writings and documents that influenced Thomas Jefferson and the other revolutionaries who wrote the Declaration. Most of it is tedious and dull to the modern reader, but it did leave me with a few impressions. Thomas Paine’s writing is more approachable than most, and can most easily be understood today. He was a real firebrand, practically calling for blood in the streets. And man, did Jefferson and everyone owe a debt to John Locke. His writings on government contain all the ideas pushed forward in the Revolution, most notably that man in his natural state is free, and can voluntarily align himself with any society of other men and government that makes sense to him. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + The Spark of Independence on Amazon + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

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