Understanding the Declaration of Independence in Historical Context
This conference set the Declaration of Independence in historical context. Through an examination of the various petitions and protests preceding its issuance, conferees addressed these questions: What was the understanding of liberty operative in the minds of most Americans at the time of the Revolution? Did this conception of liberty predominate through the formation of the early republic? Or did it change, and if so, in what ways?
Shain, Barry Alan, eds. The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context. New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2014.