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For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence

Alexander Tsesis


The Declaration of Independence is one of the most influential documents in modern history, the inspiration for what would become the most powerful democracy in the world. In this synthesis of the Declaration's impact on American life, this book offers a narrative that highlights the many surprising ways in which this document has influenced American politics, laws, and society. The drafting of the Bill of Rights, the Reconstruction Amendments, the New Deal, and the Civil Rights movement are all heavily indebted to the Declaration's principles of representative government. This book demonstrat ... More

Keywords: Declaration of Independence, American politics, Bill of Rights, reconstruction amendments, New Deal, civil rights movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379693
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Tsesis, author