The Declaration of Independence in Multiple Contexts


The conference first explored some of the differences in scholarly approaches to the Declaration, then moved from the immediate history of the Declaration to the various and different contexts that followed independence.


Conference Readings

Maier, Pauline, eds. American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.

Kurland, Philip B. and Ralph Lerner, eds. The Founders' Constitution, Volume 1: Major Themes, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.

Frohnen, Bruce, eds. The American Republic. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2002.

Shain, Barry Alan, eds. The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund. Inc., 2014.

Force, Peter, eds. American Archives: Fourth Series. Containing a Documentary History of the English Colonies in North America. Washington, DC: U.S. Congress, 1833-1846.

Lincoln, Abraham. Lincoln: Speeches, Letters, Miscellaneous Writings, The Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher. New York: Library of America, 1989.

Foner, Philip Sheldon, eds. We the Other People: Alternative Declarations of Independence by Labor Groups, Farmers, Woman’s Rights Advocates, Socialists, and Blacks, 1829-1975. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1976.

Dred Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857). Chief Justice Taney opinion and McLean dissent. Downloaded from http://www.perseusbookspromos.com.

Armitage, David. The Declaration of Independence: A Global History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Armitage, David. “The Declaration of Independence and International Law.” The William and Mary Quarterly 59, no. 1 (January 2002): 39-64.

Calhoun, John C. Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun. Edited by Ross Lence. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1992.

Derrida, Jacques. “Declarations of Independence.” New Political Science 15 (1986): 7-15.

Douglass, Frederick. “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro (1852).” Africans in America, PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927.html (12/15/15).

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Hutchinson, Thomas. “Strictures upon the Declaration of Independence.” Liberty Fund, Inc. http://oll.libertyfund.org/pages/1776-hutchinson-strictures-upon-the-declaration-of-independence?q=Hutchinson# (12/11/15).

Jaffa, Harry V. Crisis of the House Divided: An Interpretation of the Issues in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982.

Jefferson, Thomas. Jefferson Writings. New York: Library of America, 1984.

Jefferson, Thomas. “Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, August 30, 1823.” University of Virginia. http://rotunda.upress.virginia.edu/founders/default.xqy?keys=FOEA-print-02-02-02-0027 (11/25/15).

Jefferson, Thomas. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 1 (1760-1776). Edited by Julian P. Boyd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “I Have a Dream.” American Rhetoric. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm (1963).

Lincoln, Abraham. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Volume IV. Edited by Roy Basler. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1953.

Lincoln, Abraham. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865. Edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1989.

Skinner, Quentin. “Motives, Intentions, and the Interpretation of Texts.” New Literary History 3, no. 2 (1972): 393-408.

Wills, Gary. Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002.