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From revolutionary ideal to American reality

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By Mark Feeney
Globe Staff / January 21, 2009

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The United States is unique among nations for beginning in abstraction. Other countries arose from some specific condition: tribal membership, geographic boundaries, a common language. America has its origins in nothing more (or less) than a set of principles - or as the Declaration of Independence calls them, "truths." (Full article: 776 words)

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