Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence

Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12 p.m.

Admission: Free, groups welcome
Reservations Recommended: Call 215.409.6700 or order online.

Political philosopher Danielle Allen of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies discusses her latest book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. In just 1,337 words, the Declaration changed the course of the modern world, but it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s feature exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, Allen will tackle the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery, finding new meaning in Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of equality. National Constitution Center Senior Education Fellow Christopher Phillips will moderate.

This program will be followed by a book sale and signing. Attendees of this event will receive $5 dscounted admission to see Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello on June 27.

Event & Parking Information

Advance reservations recommended; Call 215.409.6700 or order online.

Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Parking will be available for $9 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets on a first come first serve basis. Pick up your discounted parking voucher at registration.

 

PRESENTED IN CONJUCTION WITH

On view at the National Constitution Center April 9 – October 19, 2014. Reserve your tickets today!

This exhibition is presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. All objects in this exhibition are from the collection of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, unless otherwise noted.