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

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

by Danielle Allen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631490446
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 335,034
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and author of Cuz and Our Declaration, winner of the Parkman Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Chronology 15

Prologue 21

Part I Origins

The Declaration of Independence 27

1 Night Teaching 31

2 Patrimony 36

3 Loving Democracy 39

4 Animating the Declaration 42

Part II Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence?

5 The Writer 47

6 The Politicos 52

7 The Committee 65

8 The Editors 72

9 The People 79

Part III The Art of Democratic Writing

10 On Memos 85

11 On Moral Sense 89

12 On Doing Things With Words 92

13 On Words and Power 100

Part IV Reading the Course of Events

14 When in the Course of Human Events… 107

15 Just Another Word for River 110

16 One People 115

17 We Are Your Equals 119

18 An Echo 123

Part V Facing Necessity

19 …It Becomes Necessary… 129

20 The Laws of Nature 130

21 And Nature's God 135

22 Kinds of Necessity 139

Part IV Matters if Principle

23 We Hold These Truths… 145

24 Sound Bites 146

25 Sticks and Stones 151

26 Self-Interest? 156

27 Self-Evidence 160

28 Magic Tricks 167

29 The Creator 171

30 Creation 178

31 Beautiful Optimism 183

Part VI Matters of Principle

32 Prudence … 191

33 Dreary Pessimism 193

34 Life's Turning Points 197

35 Tyranny 202

36 Facts? 207

37 Life Histories 213

38 Plagues 218

39 Portrait of a Tyrant 222

40 The Thirteenth Way of Looking at a Tyrant 224

41 The Use and Abuse of History 227

42 Dashboards 230

43 On Potlucks 233

44 If Actions Speak Louder Than Words… 240

45 Responsiveness 246

Part VIII Drawing Conclusions

46 We Must, Therefore, Acquiesce… 257

47 Friends, Enemies, and Blood Relations 259

48 On Oath 263

49 Real Equality 267

50 What's in a Name? 270

Epilogue 275

Notes 283

Resources 297

Acknowledgments 301

Illustration Credits 303

Index 305

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