As one of the founding documents of the United States, the Declaration of Independence contains a number of statements of principle. In the centuries since, these statements of principle have been used as evidence for particular interpretations of the Constitution.

Should the Declaration of Independence play an elevated role in constitutional interpretation? Prof. Lee Strang of the University of Toledo College of Law argues that the Constitution itself precludes the Declaration from having any unique legal status.

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