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.


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"