Written by Danielle Allen, a professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality is a comprehensive reading of the Declaration of Independence.
In the conclusion, Allen pulls together everything she has discussed in earlier chapters and summarizes it for the reader. In particular, she highlights the Declaration’s hopes for equality and how it has been influential in social change. She also mentions once more the punctuation error in the copy of the Declaration at the National Archives, which she says contributes to “a routine but serious misunderstanding.”
Allen also notes her disappointment that more people have not read the Declaration.
The Declaration reins in its own optimism. On its own, it admits the halting, partial nature of human progress. This is another reason it is worth reading. The Declaration tells the truth about itself.
She believes that young people, specifically, should read it so that we can “reclaim our patrimony.”