OUR DECLARATION: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

Our Declaration is a seminal work that reinterprets the promise of American democracy through a close examination of the Declaration of Independence. Combining a personal account of teaching the Declaration with a vivid evocation of the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, Allen, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship reveals our nation’s founding text to be an animating force that not only changed the world more than two-hundred years ago, but also still can. Challenging conventional wisdom, she boldly makes the case that the Declaration is a document as much about political equality as about individual liberty.