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Our Declaration A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

ISBN-10: 087140690X
ISBN-13: 9780871406903
Edition: 2014
Authors: Danielle Allen
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Description: In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence changed the world, but curiouslyit is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Unsettledby this, Danielle Allen read the text quietly with students and discoveredits animating  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 6/23/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

In just 1,337 words, the Declaration of Independence changed the world, but curiouslyit is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Unsettledby this, Danielle Allen read the text quietly with students and discoveredits animating power. “Bringing the analytical skills of a philosopher, the voice of agifted memoirist, and the spirit of a soulful humanist to the task, Allen manages to. . . find new meaning in Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of equality,” says Joseph J.Ellis about Our Declaration. Countering much of the popular perception, she restoresequality to its rightful place, detailing the Declaration’s case that freedom rests onequality. The contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuatedslavery are also brilliantly tackled by Allen, whose cogently written and beautifullydesigned book “is must-reading for all who care about the future as well as the originsof America’s democracy” (David M. Kennedy).

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