Episode 014 What The Declaration of Independence Declared (And Still Declares)

It’s the Independence Day weekend edition of In The Past Lane! Happy July 4th to all! This week, we take a close look at the document at the heart of the July 4th celebration — the Declaration of Independence. There’s a lot more to this patriotic piece of parchment than you might think.
Episode 014 notes and credits

Recommended Reading

Joseph J. Ellis, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Pauline Maier, American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence

Edmund S. Morgan, The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89

Backstory podcast, “Pursuits of Happiness” – especially the feature on Frederick Douglass and his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Music for This Episode

Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (courtesy,

Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)

The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)