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A July 4th Tradition: The Declaration Of Independence, Read Aloud

A tourist takes a photo of John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence painting in the Capitol Rotunda on June 28, 2017.
A tourist takes a photo of John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence painting in the Capitol Rotunda on June 28, 2017.

Twenty-nine years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

Church bells rang out over Philadelphia as the Continental Congress adopted this draft of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Below is the original text of the Declaration, alongside photos of the NPR staff members who performed the reading.

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