Hosted and curated ByBen Sawyer

, Podcaster

5 CLIPS18 MINS
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Jefferson’s (Edited) Contribution to Independence

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Mike Duncan explains how Thomas Jefferson came to pen the original draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson’s (Edited) Contribution to Independence

Revolutions

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Benjamin Franklin, Reluctant Revolutionary

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Dayton Duncan, scriptwriter for Ken Burns' documentary, explains Benjamin Franklin's early reluctance to support American independence.
Benjamin Franklin, Reluctant Revolutionary

The Road to Now

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Abigail Adams: "Remember the Ladies"

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Greg Jackson discusses Abigail Adams' 1776 request to her husband John to "remember the ladies."
Abigail Adams: "Remember the Ladies"

History That Doesn't Suck

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Spreading the Word about Independence & Making July 4th a Holiday

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Joanne Freeman discusses why we celebrate Independence Day two days after the document was actually signed.
Spreading the Word about Independence & Making July 4th a Holiday

Now & Then

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Why July 4 Replaced Washington's Birthday as Independence Day

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Backstory's Peter Onuf explains to co-host Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh how July 4th displaced George Washington’s Birthday as the first truly national holiday.
Why July 4 Replaced Washington's Birthday as Independence Day

BackStory

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Hosted and curated ByBen Sawyer

, Podcaster

5 CLIPS18 MINS

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