Course Details

912: Declaration of Independence

July 11-13
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

The Declaration of Independence is the most read, listened to, and celebrated of our nation’s founding documents. It has inspired people from around the world and across time, from the French revolutionaries of 1789 to Ho Chi Minh.  Both Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln claimed to be defending its principles. Congress approved the Declaration on July 4 and that event is now commemorated as the birthday of the United States.  In this course we will read and wonder at the structure and flow of those beautifully structured sentences and grapple with some important questions: 1) What did Jefferson mean when he used words such as equality, liberty and happiness? 2) In what way was the Declaration an expression of the classical and Enlightenment philosophers that were of such great importance to the founding generation. 3) How valid was the evidence that supported the claim that King George was a tyrant?  This study group has a high class size capacity.

Class Type: Lecture

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Heather Dudley

Heather Dudley earned a BA from the University of Maryland, an MA in history from George Mason University, an MA in psychology from American University, and a Doctorate from Georgetown University. She had taught at the high school and college level.