It has a preamble, which later became the most famous part of the document but at the time was largely ignored. In June the Third Estate that of the common people who were neither members of the clergy nor of the nobility declared itself to be a National Assembly and to represent all the people of France.
He devoted one long chapter to the federal Constitution, but there is no room in his work for the Declaration of Independence; the Revolution is treated in one small paragraph, probably less because he was no historian than because this subject did not fit his present purpose.
Furthermore, government should be carried on by elected representatives.
All the citizens, being equal in its eyes, are equally admissible to all public dignities, places, and employments, according to their capacity and without distinction other than that of their virtues and of their talents. Nature's God, Rights of Nature, Rights of Man Finally, the big difference lay in the rights that the American former colonists sought to preserve, while the former French subjects had to create them, not out of a state of nature, but through the establishment of a man-made and radically new civil society.
This section does not cite any sources. The Articles of Confederation was sent to the states for ratification in ; it was formally adopted in Jefferson would have gotten the job anyway—he was elected chair of the committee.
The French philosophes, however, respected as they still are for the concepts they have bequeathed, are considered to belong to the past and to have used a language no longer relevant.