The Pursuit: A History of Happiness

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From BackStory With The American History Guys

“Here’s a line you might have heard once or twice: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.” But did the sentence really end there? Find out, this time on BackStory, as the Guys consider what “happiness” meant to Jefferson when he penned that line — and how it has changed in the centuries since.”

Listen to podcast (about 47 minutes): – transcript included


A program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, BackStory is a public radio program & podcast that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today.