Podcasts Give Me Liberty: The Making of American Exceptionalism

Episode 4: The National Birth Certificate

John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence, 1818 (Architect of the Capitol)

Long before it was ever written, the principle of liberty existed in the heart of Americans. In 1776, dozens of men famously declared that all men are endowed with “certain unalienable rights” in the Declaration of Independence. Rick and Luke celebrate this cornerstone of American history and recount the ways in which it guaranteed the principles of liberty to Americans for generations to come.

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