Towards An Appropriate View of the Declaration of IndependenceBy Peter Daniel Haworth for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
In the spirit of Independence Day, Porch readers will enjoy an insightful and accessible article by Lee Cheek and Sean Busick on the true significance of the Declaration of Independence. Much ink has been spilt in the task of persuading readers and government officials of both what this seminal document implies and how it normatively directs Americans to develop their public policy. Sadly, much of this scholarship is highly questionable from a serious historical perspective. The Cheek and Busick article concisely point us toward an alternative contemporary, more faithful historical, and more essentially localist understanding of the Declaration, and perusing this is a worthwhile Fourth of July activity.