… is from page 295 of historian Arthur Ekirch’s 1956 paper “Individuality in American History,” which is Essay 10 in Essays On Individuality , Felix Morley, ed. (Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1977 ):
Born in the Old World, but nurtured in the New, individualism was an essential feature in the growth of American democracy. On the whole, the colonial period was one of progress toward democracy along individualist lines, and in the American Revolution patriots stressed the negative side of government, seeking emanicipation from British restrictions on trade and commerce. The Declaration of Independence appealed to the rights of man, while the new state constitutions with their bills of rights put into practical application the philosophy of the Declaration.