Why study the Declaration of Independence to understand the Constitution?

by David Shestokas ,Constitutional Sound Bites

Study of the Declaration of Independence is crucial to understanding the Constitution. The Declaration told England’s King George and the world why the colonies were separating from England. Importantly it also explained to the American people the philosophy of the new nation. Without an explanation to the people the new government would be without support.

For the first time in world history a country would be guided by a philosophy not based upon force, but upon a shared view of government’s purpose. The Declaration defined government’s purpose to secure our inalienable rights. The Constitution’s purpose is to secure the blessings of liberty. To understand the Declaration of Independence is to understand the Constitution.



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