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Fighting for Peace on ‘Hurricane Street’

This impassioned, timely memoir about the American Veterans Movement picks up where author Ron Kovic’s “Born on the Fourth of July” left off.

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Comments of the Week: Know Your History

The week that included the country’s birthday brought to Truthdig’s comment boards a host of history lessons and discussions that ranged far beyond the material taught in schools.

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Happy Birthday to Ron Kovic, Born on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is the birthday of the author and anti-war activist, who is also a friend and contributor to Truthdig. Today, we look back on our week with Kovic and the kind words he had for his friend Bruce Springsteen in 2009.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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On the Fourth of July, None of Us Has Inalienable Rights if American Muslims Don’t

On the day when the United States was first conceived in rebellion against deprivation of God-given rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, it is worth remarking on our political season.

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United States

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This Fourth of July Let’s Choose Patriotism That Stands for Inclusion Over Exclusion, Hope Over Fear

We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism.

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The Independentists

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Let’s Talk About the True Meaning of Patriotism This Fourth of July

True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

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Spend Independence Day with Pete Seeger and Frederick Douglass

This Fourth of July, “Democracy Now!” remembers Frederick Douglass’ defiant Independence Day address, read by James Earl Jones during a performance of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History of the United States,” and the life and legacy of legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger, who died this year at the age of 94.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Have We Been Misreading the Declaration of Independence?

An errant ink splotch or a genuine period? A scholar says an official transcript of the Declaration of Independence contains an error that has led many Americans to misinterpret the document for almost two centuries.

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Obama’s 4th of July

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The Best of ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ on Independence Day

Missing your (somewhat) daily dose of late-night satire while Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on summer break? Fear not; we’ve rounded up some great clips from each show about the 4th of July.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Dud Fireworks

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 ENLARGE

Americans Need to Answer: When Will Palestinians Get Their Fourth of July?

All human beings are created equal, the founders of the United States believed. That means that Palestinians, as human beings, are also created equal.

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From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: July 4 and the Meaning of America

On this Independence Day-themed show, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the meaning of America. If our nation was founded by revolutionaries, what would they think of our current surveillance practices, economic opportunities, gay rights and foreign policy? Is NSA leaker Edward Snowden in the tradition of the founders of this country?

Posted on Jul 6, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Happy Birthday

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 ENLARGE    

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Independence From Terror

Do we write words of mourning? Or do we write words of resistance? Those two braids have joined and from now on will flow together—in our age of the Anthropocene.

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Freedom and ‘Our Sacred Honor’

We find ourselves, 237 years after the Founders declared us a new nation, in a season of discontent, even surliness, about the experiment they launched. We are sharply divided over the very meaning our founding documents, and we are more likely to invoke the word “we” in the context of “us” versus “them” than in the more capacious sense that includes every single American.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE

This Independence Day, Thank a Protester

More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE

Economic Fireworks

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Dueling Fireworks Shows

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Independence From Obama

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Detail of a draft of the Declaration of Independence from Wikimedia Commons

What Our Declaration Really Said

Our nation confronts a challenge this Fourth of July that we face but rarely: We are at odds over the meaning of our history and why, to quote our Declaration of Independence, “governments are instituted.”

Posted on Jul 3, 2011 READ MORE

Illustration from a photo by Bayasaa (CC-BY)

No Fireworks for Cash-Strapped Cities

Here’s a Catch-22 for the tea party movement: Cities across the country are going without Independence Day celebrations this year due to budget cuts. We know how our tax-hating friends love to wave flags and celebrate the late 1700s, but somebody has to pay for all those explosives, and, more often than not, it’s us.

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Doggone Fireworks

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 ENLARGE

Still Standing Tall

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 ENLARGE

Joe Biden

Biden Does Baghdad, Finds Occupation ‘Delicious’

The vice president is spending his Independence Day in Iraq. Speaking from what he described as Saddam Hussein’s hunting lodge, Biden celebrated the toppling of the former Iraqi ruler, saying, “I find it delicious that that’s happened.”

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

July 4, 2010

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 ENLARGE

Getting Old in the Land of Independence

As a society, and as individuals, we are woefully unprepared for aging, even when it’s our parents. About 34 million Americans provide at least some of the care for frail, aging family members, and yet we don’t see it as a normal, predictable part of the life cycle.

Posted on Jul 1, 2009 READ MORE

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U.S. Invites Iran for Hot Dogs and Fireworks

After a three-decade ban, U.S. embassies will be allowed to invite Iranian officials to come celebrate America’s declaration of independence from Britain and its overpriced tea. Substantive conversations still aren’t allowed, but the BBC reports that “small talk” is a go.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE

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