The Vision of a Free Society
What did the Founders mean by equality? Did they understand it differently than we do? Who among history’s great political thinkers influenced those who authored the Declaration? And how might the Founders shed light on our own concerns with equality today?
We put these and other questions to four of the nation’s leading scholars of American political thought.
The Declaration in a House Divided
Five scholars discuss the Declaration in a time of crisis and consider its fate through the Civil War.
Liberty in the Declaration of Independence
How did the Founders understand liberty? Is there a difference between an ancient and a modern ? How does liberty relate to equality? What are the philosophical sources of liberty as expressed in the Declaration?
We put these and other questions to some of the nation’s leading scholars of political thought.