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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 American Revolution as a Gift

This conclusion considers how the Revolution became an active legacy for those born in its wake. While the Revolution’s communication innovations contributed to nation building, they also became a potent model for resistance to government. Several of the first ten amendments to the Constitution are shaped to assure that the future citizens of the United States would enjoy the same robust ability to communicate as the Whigs who made the Revolution. The distinctive communication innovations of the Revolution—the committee and the declaration and the network—were available to oppose custom, law, and state. These were used in movements for the abolition of slavery, for women’s suffrage, for southern succession, and many other American political movements ever since. By deploying the communication innovations of the Revolution, each of these movements found that success depended upon the voluntary use of protocols that could extend once again the collective, public discipline of liberty.


The Emergence of the Bill of Rights
Declaring Women's Rights in Seneca Falls
Frederick Douglass: "What for a Slave is the Fourth of July?"
Union Dissolved – South Carolina

The Seneca Falls Declaration

Aftershocks: Abigail and John Adams -- Seneca Falls -- Frederick Douglass -- Succession from the Union

The most celebrated successor of the Declaration of 1776 is the 1848 Senaca Fall "Declaration of Sentiments," which was ratified by a gathering of women (and some men). This declaration's claim to equality carries it far beyond its initial demand for women's sufferage. While the Senaca Falls Declaration of Sentiments can be seen as an attack on the Declaration of Independence, it exhibits the two salient features of parody. On the one hand, the this declaration mocks the hypocrisy of those who would make a universal declaration of rights but restrict those rights to (white) males; but, on the other hand, it uses the conceptual framework of the Declaration of 1776, and its panoramic rhetoric, to register a feminist claim to women's equal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The Bloody Massacre by Paul Revere
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