Table of contents for What did the Declaration declare? / readings selected and introduced by Joseph J. Ellis.

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Part One: The Document The Declaration of IndependenceJefferson's Draft with Revisions Part Two: Introduction The Enduring Influence of the DeclarationThe Declaration as Mythology and HistoryHistorians and the Declaration Part Three: Some Current Questions 1. What was Jefferson's role in the drafting of the Declaration? Dumas Malone, Herald of Freedom: 1776, From Jefferson the Virginian 2. Is the philosophy of the Declaration Lockean? Carl Becker, The Natural Rights Philosophy, From The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas 3. Or was Jefferson more influenced by Scottish thinkers? Garry Wills, Jefferson and the Scottish Enlightenement, From Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence 4. What was the cast of Jefferson's mind? Joseph J. Ellis, The Spring of '76: Texts and Contexts, From American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson 5. How much did the Continental Congress shape the Declaration? Pauline Maier, Mr. Jefferson and His Editors, From American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence Making ConnectionsSuggestions for Further Reading

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
United States. -- Declaration of Independence.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.