Our Declaration Themes
by Danielle Allen

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Our Declaration Themes

The themes of Our Declaration, by Danielle Allen, include freedom, equality, social and political justice, using critical thinking and critical analysis, and using historical context and present-day context. Allen uses critical thinking and critical analysis to deconstruct and analyze the Declaration of Independence: she challenges traditional studies of the document and uses deep and reasoned thinking to provide a new insight on the document. Allen chooses to both examine the historical context the that document was written in and emphasize the most important piece of placing the document within a present-day context. Allen explains the concepts of freedom and equality and how true freedom can only be achieved in a sociopolitically equal society. Allen uses this framework to study the Declaration of Independence and discuss its potential as a tool for the creation of a society that truly equally values the life of every individual. Allen argues that people will have unhindered and equal access to the political system when equality and freedom are afforded to all people. The implication is that social justice must be ensured and achieved in order to make this document true to its words. Without social and political justice, the Declaration of Independence will never truly live up to its famous words.