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The Revolution book
The literature of protest which culminated in the Declaration of Independence was based upon a twofold source: the development of the habit, and therefore of the principle, of colonial self-government, and the political philosophy, particularly that of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, transplanted from Europe. Of the debates which took place in the Continental Congress, in the colonial assemblies, and in local meetings during the opening months of the year 1776 people have but brief and inadequate records. Chief Justice Drayton delivered to the court an extended justification of the Revolution and of the formation of the South Carolina constitution. This constitution, he says, arose according to the great law of nature and nations. In order to establish this point he goes back to the English Revolution of 1688 and the establishment upon the throne of 'a house elevated to royal dominion for no other purpose than to preserve to a people their unalienable rights'.