July 2, 2010

THESE TRUTHS:

Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) reads the Declaration of Independence (WQXR, July 4, 1957)

Description: Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country. In 1957, then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy was invited by New York City radio station WQXR to read the Declaration of Independence in full, which was broadcast on July 4, 1957 to accompany the New York Time’s printing of a full-page facsimile of the Declaration of Independence that same day. Here is Senator John F. Kennedy reading the declaration of American Independence.

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