Decl. of Ind.

The U. S. Declaration of Independence

A document with deep roots in 18th century ideas about rationality and progress; the beginning of a grand utopian experiment in the New World.

3 Responses to Decl. of Ind.

  1. Spencer Bennington says:

    As far as the Bill of Rights is concerned, the 8th amendment really jumps out in my mind as something that basically helps ensure that we at least maintain our humanity when dealing with one another. To make certain that no cruel or unusual punishment is inflicted is to make sure that in our pursuit of a more perfect union we leave behind the savage cruelties which seem to be so widely present in other darker parts of the world.

  2. Cari Beck says:

    The Preamble to the US Constitution clearly states that “in order to form a perfect union” we must work together to “establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Our forefathers imagined this great nation that would surpass any already established. Although I think they truly succeeded with their goal at times, our nation often struggles. We have debt that increases literally every second and many families that rely solely on the government for survival. As to specific ideas, I think it is up to the individual reader to determine what exactly our forefathers had in mind as their “utopia.”

  3. Christina Sinnott says:

    The main utopian idea that I found in the Constitution is in fact in the preamble,We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
    In this first parragraph the makers of the Constitution state the ideal America. I equate this to the first few chapters of Mores Utopia, when he sets up his Utopian ideas.

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