Abraham Lincoln and the Meaning of July Fourth
By Dr. Caleb Verbois | July 2, 2020
When we think of the Fourth of July, we often think of backyard barbecues with friends, baseball, and maybe a beer or two.
This year, with COVID-19, maybe we can at least have the beer. But Independence Day was originally more than just a party, and the Fourth ought to be something more to us. It commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our first national statement of beliefs. We need to consider this year, perhaps more than most, if we still believe in its principles:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Founding Fathers meant something specific by these words, and they really…
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