Betsy Ross Flag - Network Design

Protocols of Liberty: Communication, Innovation, and teh American Revolution [Book Banner from Title Page Image] Betsy Ross Flag - Network Design
William Warner [Author Name]
The University of Chicago Press [Publisher Name]
Overview [Link]
Introduction [Link]
Chapter 1 [Link]
Chapter 2 [Link]
Chapter 3 [Link]
Chapter 4 [Link]
Chapter 5 [Link]
Chapter 6 [Link]
Conclusion [Link]


The Panorama of the Declaration

The final chapter of Protocols of Liberty studies the Declaration of 1776 as the crowning achievement of the American Whig network. The chapter describes the sources of its efficacy by considering the three distinct ways it acted. (1) Through the Declaration Congress used boldly free speech to insult George III and to declare their separation from Britain. (2) Congress attuned the Revolution's new genre of political writing to optimize its effect, by its canny timing, its corporate method of composition, and its shape-shifting plasticity (as print and oral and manuscript). Finally, (3) the rhetorical art of the Declaration encoded risky political acts so that they achieved the calming comprehensiveness, continuity, and distant view of a verbal panorama. In this way the Whig network that the Declaration spoke for and addressed could experience the acts of Congress as momentous, as complete, and thus as part of a necessary “course of human events.”



Thomas Paine the Inventor of the Modern Sound-bite?
Thomas Jefferson as the Drafter not the Author of the Declaration
The Five Parts of The Declaration of Independence understood as a Verbal Panorama
The Goddard Broadside of the Declaration -- January 18, 1777
The Betsy Ross Flag and Mesh Topology

Goddard Broadside of the Declaration of January 18, 1777

Although we are used to thinking of the Declaration as happening in a punctual moment--on July 4th, when delegates ffrom all the states but New York voted to approve and publish it--in fact, the Declaration was slowly realized: in manuscript drafts, in broadsides, in an engrossed manuscript, and finally, in this Baltimore broadside, published by Mary Katharine Goddard. This broadside was sent to the various states so that the Declaration, carrying it final title and a full slate of signatories, could be placed in the archives of each of the 13 states. The delegates to the Continental Congress perhaps hoped that it would serve as a 'bonding agent' for the new confederation of states.
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