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The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  20,586 ratings  ·  360 reviews
The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government; the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise.

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration: the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Decl
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Bantam Classics (first published 1776)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
What do I need to say? Read them, understand them, and give thanks.

Also let me recommend, treasure, protect, and pray we keep them, unbroken.

Please.
Kelly Holmes
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many Americans can say they've read the Constitution? My guess is probably not many. And those that have only did it for school and have since forgotten much of what they learned. Personally, I remember having to memorize the Bill of Rights for a class, but that's about it.

So I bought a copy of the Constitution for myself and began reading it. It's important now more than ever that we read and understand it.
DJ Harris
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone

It is nearly impossible to review such an important historical work. In my opinion this is one of the most important documents in history.

The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States by Thomas Jefferson
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Nick
Oct 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Nick by: Everybody
Everyone including me has read this repeatedly for school. So I knew this would be bad, but I didn't know how bad until I went through it underlining everything negative and circling everything positive. Why the Cato institute publishes this, and why it is handed out at libertarian events completely escapes me.

I will omit things too minor to note. Asterisks rank importance.

Lets skip the declaration since its meh. Its way better than the constitution though. I'll just note that the consent of the
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Lauren
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
country bad please return to sender
The Celtic Rebel (Richard)
Two very important documents in American history that I was introduced to as a child. I hope that every American has read them at least once. They are the foundation our Country was built on and the ones that we must do all we can to protect today.
ij
These documents were part of the required reading of my American history and civics classes. While being historic they are still documents that play a major part in my everyday life.
Cynda
The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson. (1776)
The Founding Fathers and their political friends in North America and Europe maintained a dialogue. So exciting for them to live during the Age of Enlightment, to be some of leaders of Thought. And later to be recognized when the French revolutionaries took their ideas and altered them for France.
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The Constitution of the United States of America by Founding Fathers (ratified 1788)

Ideas that most stood out for in the text of the Con
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Tessa
Happy Independence Day!

"We, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection betwee
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Emalee Sekely
Pretty good, but it should include women in the sequel.
Chris Gordon
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America are two documents that every American should own or at the very least be familiar with. Drafted by our Founding Fathers, these documents led to the creation and prosperity of the greatest country in the world, and they should never be taken for granted.

The Declaration of Independence outlines the various reasons why the American colonies decided it to be in their best interests to remove themselves from British
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Matt
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Independence. Liberty. Freedom. We. The. People. A must read for every American.. even the thuggish scums of AntiFa.
Dustin Cleveland
May 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I should confess that I am putting this copy up only to mean that I have read the Declaration and the Constitution themselves, and have copies on my bookshelf. I have not actually read this book with this particular foreword.

Sorry that that isn't really a review. These foundational documents are immortal, and important beyond description. Every American should read these documents, simply so that they may know what it does and does not say.
Mallory
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't face the future if you don't know the past.
Ziraeus
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: law
Mired by ambiguity and the bane of sociopolitical growth in U.S. It is nowhere close to the great Indian Constitution, not biased at all. P.S. a bunch of slave owners and enablers came up with this.
Jeff Walden
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Americans
What's to say? It's the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments, in their original forms. The only adjustment is that portions of the Constitution and amendments changed by subsequent amendments are bracketed and footnoted to indicate which amendment changed them. (So, for example, the Eighteenth Amendment [instituting Prohibition] is bracketed and noted as repealed by the Twenty-First Amendment. Have you ever noticed the alcoholic beverage ...more
Tyler
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I would have given our founding documents a five-star review, except that the Founding Fathers left that tiny bit about slavery ("all other persons"; "that peculiar institution") in the Constitution. Despite today's conservative politicians exalting the Founding Fathers to the status of demigods, the fact that they gave in and compromised to keep slavery instead of standing by their principles to end the institution once and for all shows they were, in fact, mortal after all--they gave in to bot ...more
David L
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only the foundation of our daily lives, the lives of our grandparents and our great grandchildren.

Its worth reading. Try to find the place where certain classes of people are not protected. Go on, it's fun. Check those Beautiful Amendments out. How bout that - who do they apply to? Citizens, legal immigrants, illegal immigrants?

The plot twist in the 2nd Amendment is riviting. I don't want to be a spoiler but the part about a Well regulated Militia being necessary - WOW!!!

Quiz to follow.

PS - Wh
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David
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading for any American. So many who use the words "unconstitutional" to support their agendas have never actually read the document, but get their understanding from other people who have never read it. Read it yourself. That rating should be 4.5 stars if Goodreads would allow it, which would include a perfect 5-star rating for the Declaration of Independence and most of the Constitution, with a slight deduction for the ruinous experiment of outlawing liquor (thankfully repealed) and ...more
Mario García
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Essential reading for any sentient being capable of -actual- reading. The development of the American empire affects most of the world. Yet, it was almost a provision of American thinkers not to fight tyranny itself but rather fight a small portion of the tyrants before becoming as such.

It is almost an historical contradiction that some years later United States of America found itself fighting terror, instead of a single terrorist. If History is not read correctly (about who is who and what is
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Leah
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm torn between 4 and 5. This was a brilliant concept to play with, but I felt sort of bereft upon finishing, like the story wasn't complete. I also thought a lot of issues were brought up and then addressed sort of prefunctorily, like slavery and stuff--it was like, oh yeah, I forgot that part of the story, I'll finish it up really quick and then move on...but I didn't get much of a sense of resolution. SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank god I have health insurance, because I think I just punctured my ch
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Zach
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read it in under an hour. I wonder if Donald J. Trump can say the same!?
Juergen John Roscher
Review on "The Declaration of Independence"
Dates Read: 8-Nov- 2010 and 28-Jan-2011

I read “The Declaration of Independence” in an attempt to better understand the principles on which the United States was founded. I feel a need to be educated about its history and founding fathers philosophies to counter attack many of the revisionists that promote ideological based and at times plain un-American interpretations of America’s history and founding documents. There is no better source of understand
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Greg
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest documents produced in humankind's history. Sure, there may be some flaws but it is still incredibly inspiring and amazing that this was written so long ago and still holds true in many ways.
Ksenia
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The great edition of one of the greatest constitutions in the world!
Liz
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting historical document, if one knows the entire background story that led up to it and all the players that took part and contributed as well as those ignored and forgotten.
Joseph
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Patriotic but a bit racist.
Christopher
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Christopher by: Nobody
Reading the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States gives one an appreciation for just how forward thinking and far ahead of their time the founding fathers were. Or it should anyway. The establishment of the various checks and balances put forward in these documents, specifically the Constitution, is nothing short of brilliant. That said, it also drives home the point that, in spite of the genius entailed in these documents, they are imperfect. The founding fathers ...more
J. Amill Santiago
Last year I decided to take some time and actually read the constitution for myself. It is really dumbfounding how many conversations we have on a daily basis about constitutional matters and yet, most people have not read the constitution nor even the Bill of Rights. If there is one thing citizens and residents of any nation ought to read in school it has to be the constitution, and yet, as far as I am concerned, most school systems do not incorporate it as required reading within their US Hist ...more
Madeline
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
This is a beautiful document that to the casual reader can make a tedious read.

Read about the background and the significance of these documents and compare them to your present circumstances and you will grow to love them.

I seriously recommend comparing the actions of the present president with the trespasses of George in the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution is fascinating once you start reading about the Convention and our present circumstances.
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