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The Meaning of Independence Day

Amy A. Kass & Leon Kass

Why do we have national public holidays? What does each—and what do all—contribute to our common life as Americans? The American Calendar series explores the purpose and meaning of our civic holidays, showing how their repeated celebration helps unite and identify us as a people and attaches us to our country.

Celebrating Independence Day
What is the legacy of the Declaration of Independence and its self-evident truths of equal and unalienable rights? Discover the ideas behind the American Founding and their significance for our present personal freedoms and national flourishing.

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