The History of Independence Day

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The Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, proclaiming their freedom from Great Britain. We celebrate that day with fireworks and BBQs, but there's a deeper history to the men and women who crafted our nation's first beginnings. We talk with historians about the stories behind our country's independence.

Guests:

Kenneth C. Davis, historian and author of "Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History But Never Learned"

Danielle Allen, political theorist and professor in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and author of "Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence"

Thomas Slaughter, history professor at the University of Rochester and author of "Independence: The Tangled Roots of the American Revolution"

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