#1 — Origins


Allen claims the Declaration as her own inheritance. She argues that the history, ideals and practices of her family authorize that claim. Consider your own family’s history. In what way do these histories, ideals and practices authorize you to claim the Declaration as your own patrimony? Must you be a citizen of the United States to claim the Declaration as your patrimony?

“That the Declaration is my patrimony I nonetheless insist.”

Allen, Danielle (2014-06-23). Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (p. 36). Liveright. Kindle Edition.