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We, the Other People
Alternative Declarations of Independence by Labor Groups, Farmers, Woman's Rights Advocates, Socialists, and Blacks 1829-1975
Edited, with introduction and notes, by Philip S. Foner
University of Illinois Press, 1976
As I type, it is July 4, 1999, the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. I can think of no better way to commemorate this day than to commend to you this book by Phil Foner.
It is a collection of 25 versions of one of the most famous documents in World History, beginning with the July 4, 1776 original. The remaining 24 are variations on its theme, applying its basic principles, structure and language to the situations of the authoring individuals and groups. By their efforts, these people prove the Declaration a living document - able to transcend time and circumstance to give voice to the aspirations of diverse peoples as they struggle for recognition and liberty.
Now out of print, seek a copy from your local library or used book store. You can also check Amazon.com to see what they have available.
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