Our Declaration A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
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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 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 6/23/2014
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall