The American Declaration of Independence has striking parallels with the Dutch Act of Abjuration (1581)—different ages, different people, but the same struggle, the same principles, the same values, and even the same phrasing. Is this a coincidence, or did Declaration of Independence committee member Robert R Livingston, a founding father which Dutch roots, impact the American document with his knowledge of Dutch history?
Dr. Geerten Whaling, a Dutch historian from the University of Leiden, will be discussing the revolutionary history of the founding of the Dutch Republic and it’s direct and indirect influence on the Founders of the United States at the Clermont State Historic Site on March 14th.
Dr. Whaling’s work focuses on the history of democracy. As a postdoc researcher at Leiden University, he is the coordinator of the interdisciplinary Profile Area “Political Legitimacy”, a network that connects four Leiden University faculties and hundreds of their researchers.
This event will be on Thursday, March 14th at 6:30 pm at the Clermont State historic Site. Admission to the lecture is free but space is limited so contact the site at (518) 537-4240 to reserve a space.
Clermont State Historic Site is located at 1 Clermont Avenue in Germantown, NY. For more information visit their website.
Photo of Dr. Geerten Whaling provided.