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July 4, 2021 — An annual tradition, but with some context

Two days ago, the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence was broadcast on National Public Radio. This year, however, it had some added context.

There was, of course, the usual remembrance of how “all men are created equal” did not necessarily mean the entire populace, including women, slaves, and people who were not landowners. In addition, the broadcast mentioned the surprising fact that the original draft mentioned “Scotch and foreign mercenaries.” It also addressed the reference to “merciless Indian savages” towards the end.

With that in mind, here’s the reading.