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by J.D. Tuccille
Thursday, Jul. 04, 2002 at 5:24 PM
In honor of U.S. Independence Day,here are America's founding documents, important writings from the past, and modern assessments of the state of liberty. For those of you within the United States, we wish you a happy Fourth of July. For those outside the U.S., we hope that you'll join us for a celebration of freedom.
1- Declaration of Independence
With this document, rebellious American colonists declared their independence from the British government and announced plans to create a new and free nation. (07/04/1776)
2- Articles of Confederation
The first governing document for the newly independent
3- United States Constitution
The text of the current governing document of the
United States of America, including all amendments.
4- Federalist papers
Arguments penned by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay
and James Madison in favor of the adoption of the
Constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation.
5- Anti-federalist papers
Arguments against the proposed Constitution, arguing
that it provided for too centralized a government and
contained the seeds of tyranny.
6- The war inevitable
by Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech to
the 1775 Virginia Convention. (03/23/1775)
7- Common Sense
by Thomas Paine
Full text of the book that inspired the
Declaration of Independence and fueled the
American revolution. (1776)
8- The Rights of Man
by Thomas Paine
Paine's defense of individual liberty. As always,
Paine is quick to make valuable suggestions for
9- The papers of Thomas Jefferson
The collected writings of the often-libertarian
author of the Declaration of Independence.
10- Brief biography: John Locke (1632-1704)
John Locke's influence on modern views of liberty
is profound, including providing much of the
philosophical influence for the American Revolution.
11- Democracy in America
by Alexis de Tocqueville
The full text of the classic 19th-century analysis by
an observant French aristocrat of the culture and people of the American republic and the potential threat to liberty posed by too much democracy.
12- Founding Fathers info
The one-stop site for any history buff looking for
a convenient archive of historical documents, articles,
essays, books and more. Also, great links, quotes and
13- Is the Spirit of '76 Dead?
by R. Lee Wrights
"Let's face it: if you have to ask permission to do something you are not free. And yet, Americans don't seem to be particularly bothered by having to ask for state-sanctioned permission to do every little thing." (07/02)
14- The worship of government
by Rex Curry
"Does every pledge of allegiance establish a religion -- the worship of government?" (07/01/02)
15- Americans celebrate Dependence Day
by Butler Shaffer
"[A]sk yourself how -- if at all -- you intend to spend July 4th. Will it be in celebration of your independence, or submission to a condition of dependence?" (07/01/02)
16- The first revolution led by small businessmen
Small Business Survival Committee
by Darrell McKigney
"There is no question that the free-market, consumer-oriented experience of the founding generation was a major contributing factor in building a successful democratic government."
17- July 4th
by Jack Kemp
"As we celebrate the 226th anniversary of our beloved
Declaration of Independence, it is remarkable to reflect on the fact that America has survived wars hot and cold, a civil war and a second peaceful revolution to ensure equal rights to blacks and women as well as instances of rascality in government..." (7/02/02)
18- July Forth!
The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith
"I don't know whether you've noticed it or not, but
everybody who was pretending to be in charge of America the day before September 11, 2001, is still pretending to be in charge. The difference is that they have more money to play with, and a hell of a lot more power over our lives." (07/02)
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