Inventing America

Inventing America From One Of America S Foremost Historians, Inventing America Compares Thomas Jefferson S Original Draft Of The Declaration Of Independence With The Final, Accepted Version, Thereby Challenging Many Long Cherished Assumptions About Both The Man And The Document Although Jefferson Has Long Been Idealized As A Champion Of Individual Rights, Wills Argues That In Fact His Vision Was One In Which Interdependence, Not Self Interest, Lay At The Foundation Of Society. Wills book presents an intellectual biography and a historical record of Jefferson and his Declaration He parses Jefferson s document and provides the influences that went into his thinking I found it a revelation.I was unaware of the Scottish Enlightenment and its proponents Hutcheson, Hume and Locke s role seemed minimal to Jefferson s regard for the Scotsmen Learning this deepened my understanding.Additionally, I found Jefferson s reading list intriguing Sterne, Bacon, Blackstone, Burk Wills book presents an intellectual biography and a historical record of Jefferson and his Declaration He parses Jefferson s document and provides the influences that went into his thinking I found it a revelation.I was unaware of the Scottish Enlightenment and its proponents Hutcheson, Hume and Locke s role seemed minimal to Jefferson s regard for the Scotsmen Learning this deepened my understanding.Additionally, I found Jefferson s reading list intriguing Sterne, Bacon, Blacks
Let it be clearly understood, this is a bad book, but it is bad in an instructive way In reading this book, I was struck by how often the author makes air quotes around two or three words at a time and makes strong statements that are unsupported by other sources, and the book does not even include endnotes and a bibliography at the end, which this book really is missing It struck me that the author was using the texts of the American founding in search of proof texts for his own progressive Let it be clearly understood, this is a bad book, but it is bad in an instructive way In reading this book, I was struck by how often the author makes air quotes around two or three words at a time and makes strong statements that are unsupported by other sources, and the book does not even include endnotes and a bib
In July of 1776, against the sweltering heat and humidity of a Philadelphia summer, a new nation was born The instrument of its birth was a 1300 word document, the Declaration of Independence, the work of a shy, 33 year old Virginian named Thomas Jefferson Inventing America is Garry Wills s exploration of the history, both political and intellectual, of the Declaration Wills, today an emeritus professor of history at Northwestern University, wrote this book back in 1978 then, as now, he displ In July of 1776, against the sweltering heat and humidity of a Philadelphia summer, a new nation was born The instrument of its birth was a 1300 word document, the Declaration of Independence, the work of a shy, 33 year old Virginian named Thomas Jefferson Inventing America is Garry Wills s exploration of
I thought this was a great book, but I am not sure now His thesis is that Jefferson s Declaration is anti Lockean He was muchinfulence Francis Hutcheson and the Scottish Enlightenment I got lost in this book I have always had my students read excerpts from the Second Treatise , and the Declaration sure sounds
Not so well written as his later works but still excellent, Wills takes an exacting look at the drafting of the Declaration of Independence He did a wonderful job tracing how earlier events and earlier petitions lead to the Declaration as written This explains many of the phrases and the reasons for them While the preamble is now the most commonly cited portion of the document, Congress spent most of its time compiling the list of
An analytical history unearthing the cultural, philosophical, and linguistic context of Jefferson s version of the Declaration of Independence Didn t know his original is different from that which the Continental Congress adopted It is so Wills argues that contra most interpreters, up to 1979 at the time of writing , Jefferson s language is from the perspective of Francis Hutcheson s moral philosophy and not that of John Locke s politic
Garry Wills has authored a number of provocative books on American politics and culture This volume focuses on Thomas Jefferson s Declaration of Experience, focusing on his draft as opposed to the document finally passed The final version cointained a number of revisi
After years of reading bits by or about him in the NY Review of Books and elsewhere, this was the first book by Garry Wills I actually found in a used bookstore and eventually read A revisionist account of Jefferson s political belief
I skipped over a lot of the explanations and analyses of Enlightenment philosophy I almost put it down for good several times But the chapters on the real purpose of the Declaration and the act of its signing were fascinating. Interesting read and thesis that Jefferson s philosophy was less inspired by Locke if at all andby Scottish Enlightenment moral philospohers There are a few rebuttals which I ll have to read.

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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • Inventing America
  • Garry Wills
  • English
  • 15 April 2018
  • 0618257764