The Declaration of Independence  Universals and Particulars


There is an indispensable relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This lesson explores the universal principles outlined in the Declaration and their implications for the form of just government. The argument of the Declaration culminates in the colonists’ solemn pledge to each other of their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.