Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration"

A copy of The Declaration Of Independence is displayed at the New York Public Library in New York City. The copy, which was written by Thomas Jefferson, will be on display through July 3.  - Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

A copy of The Declaration Of Independence is displayed at the New York Public Library in New York City. The copy, which was written by Thomas Jefferson, will be on display through July 3.

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration"

For the Fourth of July: A fresh reading of the Declaration of Independence and how ideas of freedom and equality have been interpreted over the years.

We celebrate its adoption on the Fourth of July – yet few of us have actually read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety. Political scientist Danielle Allen is out to change that. Her latest book, “Our Declaration”, makes the case for a new interpretation of the document – as a living, relevant text with an argument for equality at its core. Inspired by her experience teaching the Declaration to her adult night students, the book invites readers to carefully examine the historical document that Allen says holds particular significance today. For this Fourth of July, equality, democracy and a fresh reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Guests

Danielle Allen

author, "Our Declaration." She is a political philosopher and a professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She is known for her work on justice and citizenship in ancient Athens and modern America.

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Excerpted from Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen. Copyright © 2014 by Danielle Allen. With permission of the publisher, Liveright Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved.

Our Declaration

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