Sharon Statement

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The Sharon Statement is the founding statement of principles of the Young Americans for Freedom. The views expressed in this statement, while not considered "traditional conservative principles" at the time, played a significant role in influencing Republican leaders in the 1980s.[1]

Written by M. Stanton Evans[2] and adopted on September 11, 1960, the statement is named for the location of the inaugural meeting of Young Americans for Freedom, held at William F. Buckley, Jr.'s estate in Sharon, Connecticut. The statement reads:

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  1. ^ Chafe, William (2003). A History of Our Time: Readings in Postwar America. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 305. ISBN 9780195151053. 
  2. ^ Rebecca E. Klatch, A generation divided: the new left, the new right, and the 1960s (University of California Press, 1999) ISBN 0-520-21714-4, p. 21