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A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government. A manifesto usually accepts a previously published opinion or public consensus or promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made. It often is political or artistic in nature, but may present an individual's life stance. Manifestos relating to religious belief are generally referred to as creeds.
It is derived from the Italian word manifesto, itself derived from the Latin manifestum, meaning clear or conspicuous. Its first recorded use in English is from 1620, in Nathaniel Brent's translation of Paolo Sarpi's History of the Council of Trent: "To this citation he made answer by a Manifesto" (p. 102). Similarly, "They were so farre surprised with his Manifesto, that they would never suffer it to be published" (p. 103)
Examples of notable manifestos:
- The Baghdad Manifesto (1011)
- The Act of Abjuration (1581)
- The United States Declaration of Independence (1776)
- The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789) during the French Revolution
- The Haitian Declaration of Independence (1804) after the Haitian Revolution
- The Cartagena Manifesto (1812), by Simón Bolívar
- The Tamworth Manifesto issued in 1834 by Sir Robert Peel
- The Declaration of Sentiments (1848)
- The Communist Manifesto (1848), by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
- The Anarchist Manifesto (1850), by Anselme Bellegarrigue
- The 1890 Manifesto dealing with plural marriage, issued by Wilford Woodruff as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- The Second Manifesto (1904) dealing with plural marriage, issued by Joseph F. Smith as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- The October Manifesto (1905) issued by Nicholas II, in an effort to cease the 1905 Russian Revolution
- The Manifesto of the Sixteen (1916)
- The Urmia Manifesto of the United Free Assyria, (1917) by Dr. Freydun Atturaya
- The Liminar Manifesto in the Argentine University Revolution (1918)
- The Amasya Circular (1919)
- The Fascist Manifesto (1919), by Fasci di Combattimento
- The Manifesto of the Anti-Fascist Intellectuals (1925), by Benedetto Croce
- Mein Kampf (My Struggle) (1925), by Adolf Hitler
- The Cannibal Manifesto (1928), by Oswald de Andrade
- The Regina Manifesto (1933), by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
- The Humanist Manifesto I, II and III (1933, 1973, 2003)
- The Ventotene Manifesto (1941), by Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi encouraged a federation of European states, which was meant to keep the countries of Europe close, thus preventing war, it is widely seen as the birth of European federalism.
- The PKWN manifesto (1944), by Polish Committee of National Liberation
- The Oxford Manifesto (1947) describing the basic principles of Liberal International
- The Objectives Resolution of Pakistan (1949), by Liaquat Ali Khan
- The Russell-Einstein Manifesto (1955), against nuclear weapons and war
- The Southern Manifesto (1956), opposing the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education
- Report on the Construction of Situations (1957), by Guy Debord
- The Manifesto of the 121 against the Algerian War (1960)
- The Sharon Statement (1960), by M. Stanton Evans et al. (Young Americans for Freedom)
- The Port Huron Statement (1962), by Tom Hayden et al.
- The SCUM Manifesto (1968), by Valerie Solanas
- The Manifesto of the 343 (1971), by Simone de Beauvoir in which 343 French women admitted to having a (then illegal) abortion
- The Green Book (1975), by Muammar Gaddafi
- For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto (1973), by Murray Rothbard
- New Libertarian Manifesto (1980), by Samuel Edward Konkin III
- Guy Verhofstadt's Burgermanifests: I (1981); II (1991); III (1994); IV (2006)
- The New Hope for Britain (1983), better known as "The longest suicide note in history", by the UK Labour Party
- A Cyborg Manifesto (1985), by Donna Haraway
- THE "EMPIRE" STRIKES BACK: A POSTTRANSSEXUAL MANIFESTO (1993), by Sandy Stone
- The Contract with America (1994), by the Republican candidates for the House of Representatives
- De puinhopen van acht jaar Paars (2002), by Pim Fortuyn
- The Companion Species Manifesto (2003), by Donna Haraway
- Manifesto on Freedom and Democracy for Vietnam (2006) by Bloc 8406
- The Euston Manifesto (2006) by Euston Manifesto Group
- Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto (2009) by Mark Levin
- The Revolution: A Manifesto (2009) by Ron Paul
- The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto (2012) by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West
- The Leap Manifesto (2015) by a "broad coalition of Canadian authors, artists, national leaders and activists"
- The Symbolist Manifesto (1886), by Jean Moreas
- The Futurist Manifesto (1909), by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
- Du "Cubisme" (1912), by Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger
- The Art of Noises (1913), by Luigi Russolo
- The Futurist Architecture Manifesto (1914), by Antonio Sant'Elia (the Manifesto of Futurism)
- BLAST the Vorticist manifesto (1914), by Wyndham Lewis
- Feminist Manifesto (1914), by Mina Loy
- The Dada Manifesto (1918), by Tristan Tzara
- The Dada Manifesto (1918), by Hugo Ball
- The Surrealist Manifesto (1924), by André Breton
- The Suprematist Manifesto (1924), by Kazimir Malevich 
- The Free Cinema Manifesto (1956) by Lindsay Anderson Karel Reisz Tony Richardson Lorenza Mazzetti
- The Abomunist Manifesto (1959) by Bob Kaufman
- The Oulipo Manifesto (1960), by François Le Lionnais
- Fluxus manifesto (1961) by George Maciunas
- The Romantic Manifesto (1969) by Ayn Rand
- Manifesto of Poetic Eggs, in "Empire of Dreams," (1998 in Spanish, 1994 in English) by Giannina Braschi
- Dogma 95 (1995) by Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
- Manifesto of Transdisciplinarity (1996) by Basarab Nicolescu
- Minnesota declaration: truth and fact in documentary cinema (1999), by Werner Herzog
- First Things First 2000 manifesto: Ethics and social responsibility in graphic design (1999), by Kalle Lasn & Chris Dixon with Ken Garland. Edited by Rick Poynor
- The Neofuturistic City Manifesto (2007), by Vito Di Bari
- The Versatilist manifesto (2007), by Denis Mandarino
- "Political Erotical Mystical Manifesto" (2011), by Kendell Geers
Scientific and Educational
- The Behaviorist Manifesto (1913) issued by John B. Watson in opposition to the introspection method in psychology
- Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1969) written by Vine Deloria, Jr.
- The UNESCO Public Library Manifesto (2001)
- The History Manifesto (2014) written by Jo Guldi and David Armitage, published by Cambridge University Press
- First Things First 1964 Manifesto Visual Communication and Design First Things First 1964 Manifesto By Ken Garland
- First Things First 2000 Manifesto Visual Communication and Design (Revisited) First Things First 2000 Manifesto
- The GNU Manifesto (1985), by Richard Stallman, an explanation and definition of the goals of the GNU Project
- The Hacker's Manifesto (1986), by The Mentor aka Loyd Blankenship
- The Debian Manifesto (1993), by Ian Murdock
- A Cypherpunk's Manifesto (1993) by Eric Hughes
- Industrial Society and Its Future, otherwise known as the Unabomber Manifesto (1995), by Ted Kaczynski
- The Third Manifesto (1995), by Christopher J. Date and Hugh Darwen, a proposal for relational database management system
- The Cluetrain Manifesto (1999) by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls and David Weinberger
- The Agile Manifesto (2001)
- Pluginmanifesto (2001) by Ana Kronschnabl, a Web film statement
- The Hacktivismo Declaration (2001) by Oxblood Ruffin (Hacktivismo)
- The Mozilla Manifesto (2007), by Mozilla community
- The Guerilla Open Access Manifesto (2008) by Aaron Swartz 
- Principles of Programming Languages (2007), by Robert Harper
- You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto (2010), by Jaron Lanier
- The Hardware Hacker Manifesto (2010), by Cody Brocious
- The BINC Manifesto(2015), by Lene Andersen and Steen Rasmussen
- The Reactive Manifesto(2014), by Jonas Bonér, Dave Farley, Roland Kuhn, and Martin Thompson
- Merriam-Webster online dictionary definition of Manifesto.
-  Archived December 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Dictionary.com definition of Manifesto.
- David Robertson, The Routledge Dictionary of Politics, Edition 3, Psychology Press, 1890 p. 295, ISBN 0415323770, 9780415323772
- Oxford English Dictionary
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- "Werner Herzog Film: Home". Wernerherzog.com. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- "Manifesto of Neo-Futuristic City". Neofuturistic.com. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
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- "UNESCO Public Library Manifesto". Unesco.org. Unesco. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
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