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A Revolutionary Reading List:
The Intellectual Tradition that Influenced the U.S. Founding Fathers

(Released April 2010)

 
  by Carolyn Scearce  

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  1. Montesquieu

    Montesquieu came from an aristocratic background and was an important contributor to the Enlightenment, building on the ideas of John Locke. His most influential work was The Spirit of the Laws. . . .

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  2. Boston Tea Party

    On the night of 16 December 1773, a group of Massachusetts Patriots, disguised as Mohawk Indians, seized 342 chests of tea from three British merchant ships and dumped them into Boston Harbor. The raid was in response to the Tea Act, passed the previous May, which granted the East India Company a monopoly on American tea importation. . . .

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  3. The Declaration of Independence

    Approved by the Continental Congress on 4 July 1776, the Declaration of Independence proclaimed that the thirteen colonies which formed Great Britain's American territory were now free and independent states. Thomas Jefferson penned most of the document, which is recognised as a work of immense elegance and power. It is now considered to be the symbol of the birth of the United States of America as a separate country, and is inextricably linked with American ideas of patriotism.

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