Political and Industrial Democracy, 1776-1926

Political and Industrial Democracy, 1776-1926

Political and Industrial Democracy, 1776-1926

Political and Industrial Democracy, 1776-1926

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A century and a half ago political democracy, in its modern sense, had its beginning in the American colonies. Its foundations were laid down in our Declaration of Independence of Great Britain, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The signers of this immortal document gave their sanction to a series of fundamental principles of human liberty and government, and to a specific enumeration of inalienable rights of personal and civil liberty, which marked a new era in the welfare and advancement of mankind. Accepting the doctrine of natural laws and of government as a social contract which had been previously developed by outstanding political philosophers of Europe, it was declared that all men are "created equal" and "are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." All governments, it was as-

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