Jefferson's First Declaration of Independence: A Summary View of the Rights of British America Revisited

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Abstract

This essay examines Jefferson's Summary View of the Rights of British America as evidence of his craft as a storyteller. Specifically, I argue that Jefferson deploys a series of narrative renderings, the rhetorical effect of which is to eliminate the possibility of any genuine reconciliation with the English government. On the basis of this interpretation I conclude that the Summary View represents Jefferson's first declaration of independence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-252
Number of pages18
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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