The Declaration of Independence's surprising history
St. Paul, Minn. — It's hard to imagine now, but at one time the Declaration of Independence was considered obsolete. That was until Abraham Lincoln kept referring to it in the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, and even more famously in the Gettysburg Address.
Two scholars of the Declaration of Independence throughout history talk about how understanding of the document evolved over time.
- Douglas Wilson: Co-director of Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College.
- Joseph Ellis: Professor of history at Mount Holyoke College. His most recent book is "American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies in the Founding of the Republic."
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