Excerpt from The Establishment of American Independence as Related to the Louisiana Purchase: With a Review of the Historical Work of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution
It is the proud boast of France that what the ancient regime began in establishing an American independence, the First Consul completed. Thus they would have us believe, as claimed by Thiers in his History of the Consulate and Empire, that the United States are indebted for their birth and their greatness to the long struggle between France and England. Whether the political consequences followed might admit of doubt; but the facts of history would seem to bear out the latter statement of the distinguished French historian.
However, we are not so much concerned with the particular inﬂuence which brought about these two great events, as with what they represent in the national life of America. The American independence stands for political union, which made the United States a nation. The Revolution ary fathers were resolved to be a free and independent pe0p1e, and that theirs should be a government of liberty and law under the guidance of a constitution which should declare its powers and limitations. The original idea of popular sovereignty emanated from the banks of the Connecticut, when the distinguished Thomas Hooker announced this doctrine soon after the Connecticut contingent had ended its long and weary march through the wilderness from Massachusetts Bay to that far distant land, the shores of the Connecticut River, which was then supposed to be the extreme western boundary of the continent. It declared that all sovereign power resided in the people. Since then it has been the aim and purpose of the American people to demonstrate that this was not only possible, but also practicable.
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