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''Colony,''--or ''Free State''? ''Dependence,''--or ''Just Connection''?

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Author: Alpheus H. Snow
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 25,619 / 84 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 25.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 8,636
Added to site: 2005.10.15 11434
Genre: Essays

An Essay Based on the Political Philosophy of the American Revolution, as Summarized in the Declaration of Independence, towards the Ascertainment of the Nature of the Political Relationship Between the American Union and Its Annexed Insular Regions; and, The Question of Terminology: An Address Containing the Substance of the Foregoing Essay, with some Additions. Delivered before the Section for the Study of the Government of Dependencies, of the American Political Science Association, at the Meeting held at Providence, December 29, 1906

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were nevertheless acting on the basis that such a law did exist and was based on the proposition that all men are created unequal, or that some are created equal and some unequal. The alleged superior was sometimes a private citizen, sometimes a noble, sometimes a monarch, sometimes a government, sometimes a state, sometimes a nation. The inferior was said to be "dependent" upon the superior--that is, related to him directly and without any connecting justiciary medium, so that the will of the superior controlled the will and action of the inferior. It was this alleged law of nature and of nations, based on an alleged divine or self-evident right of inequality--an inequality arising from creation--which was the basis of the British Declaratory Act of 1766, which may perhaps be called "The Declaration of Dependence." In that Act, the State of Great Britain declared, (basing itself evidently upon the law of nature and of nations, since there was no treaty,) that the American Colonies "have been, are, and of ri



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