Alexander Tsesis

in For Liberty and Equality

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379693
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949847 | DOI:

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The Declaration of Independence looms large in American history. Although it lacks any explicit enforcement clause, the manifesto's statement of national purpose has inspired generations of Americans. Social movements have incorporated the Declaration's second paragraph and consent clauses into their demands for recognition of inalienable rights. The takeaway point from this book is not meant to be nostalgic but to provide clearer understanding of how the manifesto's core values have informed the U.S. public, its leaders, and even foreign nations as to the nature of justice, civility, and governance.

Keywords: Declaration of Independence; social movement; rights; justice; civility; governance

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