America’s Declaration of Independence is perhaps the most important statement on human freedom ever published by a government body. Despite having a laundry list of complaints against a ruling monarch as its foundation, the text still manages to lift the human spirit, with its eloquent claims that “all men are created equal,” and its insistence that all of us have an inherent right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
We laud Thomas Jefferson for penning the document’s flowing prose. While his talent for wordsmithing is obvious, most of the ideas contained in the Declaration did not spring anew from his mind. Instead, Jefferson relied on the powerful ideas evoked by the Enlightenment, on philosophical concepts from ancient Greek and Latin sources, and on what he called the “harmonizing sentiments of the day.”
There is much less harmonizing taking place in twenty-first century America. Despite being a gathering of “united” states, divisions abound, in part because we have forgotten the core messages written down in our founding document. Self-Evident, Tim Patrick’s new book on “America’s birth certificate,” returns the discussion to the foundational rights and Enlightenment beliefs of mankind’s place in history. It does this by examining the primary sources and key events that led up to the budding nation’s break with Great Britain, at that time the most powerful empire on the planet.
The lofty ideals embodied in the Declaration stem from centuries of deep political contemplation. And yet they are easy for anyone to grasp, in part because we all have been “endowed by our Creator” with the natural rights communicated in that work. In a world with instant access to endless entertainments and divisive arguments, Self-Evident will guide you back to the sources and ideas that centuries ago united a nation and spread freedom across the globe.
The book is part of the new Understand in One Afternoon series by Owani Press. In a world awash in nearly unlimited information, this series helps you discover the essentials of important subjects in a reasonable amount of time. Each book is designed to be consumed in about four hours—in one afternoon—and offers a core grounding in topics ranging from current events to technology, from philosophy to business.
Self-Evident is available to purchase now in ebook and paperback formats.
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Visit the publisher’s web site for the book to find the latest information on the book’s release, and on other upcoming books in the Understand in One Afternoon series.