Archives for "2015"


July 8, 2015 3:10 pm

#1 — Origins

Patrimony Allen claims the Declaration as her own inheritance. She argues that the history, ideals and practices of her family…


July 8, 2015 3:09 pm

#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…


July 8, 2015 3:08 pm

#3 — The Art of Democratic Writing

On Moral Sense Think of the kinds of writing that you’ve done in high school and that you will do…


July 8, 2015 3:07 pm

#4 — Reading the Course of Events

When in the Course of Human Events Allen describes contemporary confusion about the meaning of the words, ‘freedom’ and ‘equality’…


July 8, 2015 3:06 pm

#5 — Facing Necessity

And Nature’s God Consider Allen’s description of the way references to the divine evolved during the drafting and editing of…


July 8, 2015 3:05 pm

#6 — Matters of Principle

Magic Tricks Allen argues that individual happiness and membership in a community are inextricably linked. Do you agree? What happens…


July 8, 2015 3:04 pm

#7 — Matters of Fact

Dreary Pessimism Consider Allen’s treatment of the term “habit” in Chapter 26 and in this chapter. Are habits good or…


July 8, 2015 3:03 pm

#8 — Drawing Conclusions

What’s in a Name The United States has changed dramatically since the colonists issued the Declaration. Arguably many of the…


July 8, 2015 3:02 pm

#9 — Epilogue

What does Allen mean when she says that her analysis of the Declaration is “antilibertarian”? What do libertarians believe about…


July 8, 2015 3:01 pm

#10 — A Final Question

Consider the book’s epigraph. Now that you have read and thought about Our Declaration, why do you think Dr. Allen…