Time Essay: The Future of the Experiment

The Declaration of American Independence is both an end and a beginning. For the Colonists there is now only one road to be followed, with many dangers at every turning. For King George III, who predicted last week's action last year—and who has labored, in his own perverse, indefatigable way to bring it about —the course is equally clear. "The die is now cast," he has rightly said. "The Colonies must either submit or triumph."

Which will it be? The British armada now invading New York must fill even the redoubtable General Washington...