Independence Daze: A History of July Fourth

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From BackStory With The American History Guys

In this public radio program (52:00), U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh explore the origins of July Fourth. They highlight the holiday’s beginnings, explore how the Declaration’s meaning has changed over time, and consider how the Declaration’s message of liberty and equality has been embraced.

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