The Massachusetts Historical Society will host “From ‘league & amity’ to ‘absolute Tyranny’: The History of Royal Government in the Declaration of Independence,” a program by Steven Sarson of Jean Moulin University, with comment by Brendan McConville of Boston University, set for Tuesday, April 4th.
This program argues that the Declaration of Independence was not anti-monarchist in principle. The document’s conclusion’s “circumstances of our migration and settlement here” referred (as in Thomas Jefferson’s draft) to a “league & amity with” the British people through the colonists’ adoption of “one common king.”
British monarchs subsequently largely abided by the terms of that “league & amity,” and it was only when George III attempted to impose “an absolute Tyranny” that colonists revolted. The subsequent creation of a United States Republic thus resulted from historical experience of “the present King of Great Britain” rather than from egalitarian ideology.
This program will take place from 5 to 6:15 pm, and will be held both in-person and virtually. Admission is free for Historical Society members and virtual attendance. $10 for in-person attendance. The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6 pm.
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