Category Archives: Fourth of July

Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration included a paragraph on slavery that Congress edited out

Clay S. Jenkinson is the creator of this podcast — a nationally syndicated public radio program, The Thomas Jefferson Hour, heard on many NPR stations. Independence Day was one of only two holidays that Jefferson celebrated. Joining Clay on this … Continue reading

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The very first Fourth of July

Thomas Jefferson was not the first choice to write the Declaration of Independence. He accepted the assignment reluctantly, but he brought genius to the project, including the 35 most important words in the English language. By Clay S. Jenkinson | … Continue reading

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The Declaration of Independence was more radical than any of the men who signed it

By Jay Cost | This week the United States of America will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. If the weatherman is to be believed, this July 4th will be an especially hot one … Continue reading

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