Each year on the morning of July 4th, NPR hosts, reporters and newscasters take turns reading aloud sections of the Declaration of Independence. It is a stirring tribute that offers us an oft-needed reminder of the struggles of a newly independent United States of America against tyranny and oppression. You can listen to the entire text below.
Next, watch the following clip from a session at the Aspen Ideas Festival from 2008 that speaks to the significance of the Declaration of Independence and how patriotism and dissent often go hand in hand in order to root out intolerance and injustice.
Happy Independence Day!