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Declaration of Independence

An Extraordinary Library: The Lilly Library, Indiana University

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.

Nic Cage Reveals If He Actually Stole The Declaration Of Independence

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment

National treasure, and star of "National Treasure," Nic Cage is finally opening up his book of secrets. Cage's new movie, "Pay the Ghost," is now in ...

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

Self-Evident, But Not Simple

Dan Rockmore | Posted 09.12.2015 | Science
Dan Rockmore

"We hold these truths to be self-evident..." So reads the Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most famous document in the history of our United States. It rings of democracy, it rings of revolution and by golly it rings of math!

The U.S. and the Middle East: Values, anyone?

Steve Koppman | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Steve Koppman

It appears the values most Americans cherish would actually be greatly strengthened in the Middle East if the U.S. simply stopped doing everything it is now doing across the region. Let's try Middle East policies that match what we believe in.

The 5 Other Brothers

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

As O'Malley smells the coffee, he needs to make a deal. Not with the DNC, but with Bernie Sanders, and Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb, and Joe Biden; to rent out some space, issue some press credentials.

The New 'Why' That Will Restore America to Greatness

Christine Horner | Posted 07.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Christine Horner

This country is going through an identity crisis. Perhaps the whole world is. This isn't the identity crisis of gender, race, or sexuality that is c...

The Bar Exam Is Brutal, But the Founding Fathers Can Help

Leah Plunkett | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Leah Plunkett

Bar exam takers face much more complex questions regarding legal subjects from assault, bankruptcy and commercial transactions, all the way through to zoning -- and everything in between -- all in a tight time limit.

That All Men and Women Are Created Equal

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

One hundred and sixty-seven years ago, on July 19-20, 1848, over three hundred men and women gathered at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York for the first Women's Rights Convention. There in a small industrial town on a branch of the Erie Canal in upstate New York, began a fight that would last for 72 years.

True Independence Is an Inside Job

Erin Sharaf | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Sharaf

I invite you to pause and look more closely at the different choices you make in your life, both big and small. Are there areas where you have given up some of your power? Where are you being influenced and is it serving you?

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Independence Day -- But Not for the District of Columbia

Walter Smith | Posted 07.07.2015 | DC
Walter Smith

We've just enjoyed Independence Day in the nation's capital, a day when thousands of Americans came to the District of Columbia to celebrate the great freedoms claimed in the Declaration of Independence.

What If We'd Lost the American Revolution? Have We Lost It? If So, Can We Win It Again?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

We won the American Revolution, but we've lost it since then, in the sense that we're no longer building on the laurels of our original patriots but allowing their grand experiment in creating an unrivaled sort of open society to unravel on our watch.

July 4 and Alice: The Wonderlands of Freedom

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Randee Mia Berman

In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.

The Impact Adversity in Your Childhood Home Has on Your Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness

Brian F. Martin | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Our founding fathers believed everyone was "endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of h...

My New Declaration Of Independence

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.05.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We need a new declaration of independence. FDR took a stab at this, with his "Four Freedoms." That's a good start. But now, eight decades later, we need to declare our independence from other forms of oppression.

Depth Before Dishonor

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Barry Kibrick

The American Experiment itself is an idea as much as it is a national experience. It is an idea that transcends place and provides a baseline on the macro level for the ideology of a country, as well as on a micro level for the life of an individual.

Bosnia to US, From Refugees to Great Americans

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.

11 Reasons to Love the USA On July 4th

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Abby Rodman, LICSW

We're not a perfect nation nor do we claim to be. We have much work to do on many fronts. But we're also a country that has demonstrated a willingness to grow and evolve to the benefit of our citizens. So, despite our difference let's celebrate and appreciate our Day of Freedoms.

Is Silicon Valley Charting the Future While All the World's Pols Play Small Ball?

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?

How America 'Won' Its Independence 2 Years After July 4, 1776

John A. Tures | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

I'm sure several of you are shaking your heads, wondering if I got the title wrong. But while American political figures officially declared their independence on July 4, 1776, winning it was another matter. And that came on a hot day in June, instead of a cold day in December.

Confronting Slavery on Independence Day

Honor Sachs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Every year on Independence Day, we celebrate the fact that the past is not past, coming together as a nation to celebrate the past, to revere the past, to honor the collective ideals upon which our nation was founded. We pay tribute to the ideals of freedom and liberty and remember that "all men are created equal."

4 Elements for Expressing True Freedom

Lorna Bright | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lorna Bright

If you take a deeper look at The Declaration of Independence you will find a template for expressing freedom in your life, whether it's freedom in you...

The Founding Fathers Were (Mostly) All Entrepreneurs

Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Bill Murphy Jr.

There are some inspiring tales of self-made men within their midst. So as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, here's a breakdown of some of their stories.

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.