The Nation: Children of the Founders

If the new immigrants are a bridge to the nation's future, another disparate group of people provide a very special link to America's past. They are the direct descendants of the 56 remarkable farmers, traders, lawyers and physicians who signed the Declaration of Independence. Countless thousands of heirs of the signers are scattered throughout the nation, and TIME has interviewed a representative dozen of them. In their politics and professions, their attainments and attitudes, they are diverse, but they share many common opinions. All passionately support the ideal of democratic government, while...