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Nov 16

The Tree of Liberty Is Rooted in the Magna Carta

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A Portrait of Liberty Lecture

America’s dedication to ordered liberty is rooted in the Anglo-American culture of the 17th and 18th Centuries. There is a long line of cultural continuity from the period preceding the American Revolution to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.

The American colonists from the earliest days shared the 17th Century British experience of the battles against the tyranny of the Stuarts and the development of the common law mind of Sir Edward Coke. In the 18th Century the classical republican heroes and martyrs of the 17th Century, John Hampden and Algernon Sidney, continued to resonate in the rhetoric and iconography of the English friends of America, William Pitt, John Wilkes, and Lord Camden.

The American Revolution was conservative at its highest levels of intellectual and spiritual formation. Contemporary political movements appealing to early American experience would do well to ground themselves in the cultural background provided by Magna Carta.

Please join The Heritage Foundation for the third and concluding lecture of our Portrait of Liberty Lecture series.

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Professor William F. Campbell
Secretary of The Philadelphia Society and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Louisiana State University

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