Readings for Independence Day 2013


Some readings for American patriots.

Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies by Edmund Burke (1775)


Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions by the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls (1848)

Speech on The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick Douglass (1852)

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness by Andrew Sullivan

Is the U.S. a land of liberty or equality? by Robert J. Samuelson

The Omega Glory by Maggie McNeill

Remembering the Harvesters on this Fourth of July by Gracy Howard in The American Conservative.

How Unreasonable Searches of Private Documents Caused the American Revolution by Juan Cole on Informed Comment.

A Persuasive Argument by Bert Likko for The League of Ordinary Gentlemen.

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2 Responses to “Readings for Independence Day 2013”

  1. mark adams Says:

    Our freedom is not the result of our military invading other countries. Our freedom is by taking a stand here on our soil. Change is forced by a younger generation. The “good old days” type of thinking and similar delusions are dismissed as they were one-sided and not universally good.

    Christian, white and male writers were in a position to publish their limited ideas. That’s what our grandparents read and how they lived. That was our Western culture. Those racially and culturally different had ideas which were not considered worthy to publish. We evolved. Finally, human rights is gaining ground so that all people deserve to be treated equally. Many of the old prejudices grew old and died. Living with diversity is a progressive movement forward.

    We are founded on the idea: all people are created so that all people are treated as equal. Not just in hypothesis but in action.


  2. gary3912 Says:

     Hi Phil,

    I live in Australia and ‘stumbled’ on your blog some time ago.

    The understanding you show of your world around you, is a credit and a blessing from the ‘crap’ I usually stumble upon.

    If we never meet, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to inspire me in my future endeavours. 

    Your friend,



    (Gaz to my friends, friend of satan to others.)


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