Zach Hutchins

Zach Hutchins is assistant professor of English at Colorado State University, where he teaches courses on American literature and culture. His first book is Inventing Eden.

Fireworks this Friday will celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence almost 250 years ago. The founders' assurance "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" was authorized by "the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God." But the meaning of that phrase has been the subject of heated debate for some time.
July 2, 2014