'American Scripture': The Making and Meaning of the Declaration of Independence (Virtual)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022-Wednesday, December 14, 2022

6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Four Sessions. Class will not meet on November 23.


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description
The Declaration of Independence is the defining statement of America's national identity. Indeed, Pauline Maier has described it a 'American Scripture.' Nevertheless, as often as it is quoted in our public life, the reasons for its writing and its meaning are seldom understood and often the source of heated debates.

This is understandable, as it was created by a diverse group of individuals with differing points of view. Additionally, how we interpret the Declaration is subject to time and place. In this four-part class, we will explore how and why the Declaration of Independence was written, what it meant at the time, and how its meaning has changed over time.

Four sessions. $185/$166.50. Led by Bryan LeBeau.

Registration Fees

Registration is $185.

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us
The Adult Education is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: adulteducation@newberry.org. You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.