15 May 2008

Virginia Inspires the World

“The first of the Virginians’ resolutions called for the adoption of a declaration of rights. The committee appointed to draft that declaration, chaired by George Mason of Gunston Hall, soon reported a document establishing the Lockean foundation of Virginia’s assertion of home rule. All men are born free and equal, it said, and when they enter into a state of society, they cannot be deprived of their basic rights.” ~ Kevin R. C. Gutzman, J.D., Ph.D.


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2 comments:

Isophorone said...

I don't know if you have read Our First Revolution by Michael Barone, but it provides a fascinating history of the GLorious Revolution of 1688 in England and how it inspired our own Bill of Rights.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

No, I haven't. But I'm just finishing a biography of my great x 9 grandfather Roger Williams and learning of his apparent influence on Locke and religious liberty in America.