#2 — Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence?

The People

Allen argues that the Declaration is important because it established patterns of collaboration among the colonists that facilitated their collective action. Where in your life at Bates do you think that you will need or want to engage in collective action? What patterns of collaboration have you experienced in the communities in which you are a member?

“If we focus on this list of conversations, we cannot avoid seeing that the importance of the Declaration has as much to do with process as with product. This process— the sequence of conversations— had multiple goals. Of course, one was to reach a decision on a draft of the Declaration and whether to sign it. Another was to establish procedures for cooperation— for getting things done by means of talk. In the very process of organizing these conversations about independence and the Declaration, the colonists established patterns of collaboration that would provide for ongoing collective action in the freshly minted and newly united states.”

Allen, Danielle (2014-06-23). Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (p. 81). Liveright. Kindle Edition.