Saturday, July 4, 2015

NPR's annual salute to the Fourth of July: their reading of the Declaration of Independance

Stated: The Declaration Of Independence

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

It was 237 years ago this Thursday that church bells rang out over Philadelphia, as the Continental Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Below is the original text of the Declaration, alongside photos of the NPR staff members and contributors who performed the reading

Declaration Of Independence

The original text of the Declaration of Independence, with photos of NPR staff and contributors who performed the reading:
  • Steve Inskeep
    Doby Photography/NPR

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for 
    one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected 
    them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, 
    the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and 
    of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of
    mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel 
    them to the separation.
  • Renee Montagne
    Renee Montagne
    Doby Photography/NPR

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, 
    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, 
    that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
  • Paul Brown
    Paul Brown
    Doby Photography/NPR

    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, 
    deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That 
    whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, 
    it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,
  • Jean Cochran
    Jean Cochran
    Doby Photography/NPR

    And to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles 
    and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely
    to effect their Safety and Happiness.
  • Julie McCarthy
    Julie McCarthy
    Wen Wang

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should 
    not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience 
    hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are 
    sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which 
    they are accustomed.
  • Don Gonyea
    Don Gonyea
    Doby Photography/NPR

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the 
    same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, 
    it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to 
    provide new Guards for their future security.
  • Deborah Amos
    Deborah Amos
    Steve Barrett

    Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is 
    now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former 
    Systems of Government.
  • Chris Arnold
    Chris Arnold
    Doby Photography /NPR

    The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated 
    injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of 
    an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be 
    submitted to a candid world.
  • Mike Pesca
    Mike Pesca
    David Banks

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary 
    for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of 
    immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation 
    till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly 
    neglected to attend to them.
  • Tamara Keith
    Tamara Keith
    Doby Photography/NPR

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large 
    districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of 
    Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and 
    formidable to tyrants only.
  • Lourdes Garcia-Navarro
    Lourdes Garcia-Navarro
    Dario Lopez Mills

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, 
    and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose 
    of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  • Sylvia Poggioli
    Sylvia Poggioli
    Kainaz Amaria/NPR

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with 
    manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  • David Greene
    David Greene
    David Gilkey/NPR

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others 
    to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, 
    have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State 
    remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion 
    from without, and convulsions within.
  • Cheryl Corley
    Cheryl Corley
    Steve Barrett/NPR

    He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that 
    purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing 
    to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the 
    conditions of new appropriations of lands.
  • Nina Totenberg
    Nina Totenberg
    Steve Barrett/NPR

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his 
    Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made 
    Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, 
    and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a 
    multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to
    harass our people, and eat out their substance.
  • Eric Westervelt
    Eric Westervelt

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without 
    the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the 
    Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  • Elizabeth Blair
    Elizabeth Blair
    Doby Photography/NPR

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign 
    to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his 
    Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
  • Adam Davidson
    Adam Davidson
    Jay Paul

    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us, for protecting 
    them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they 
    should commit on the Inhabitants of these States.
  • Robert Smith
    Robert Smith
    Steve Barrett/NPR

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world; For imposing 
    Taxes on us without our Consent; For depriving us in many cases, 
    of the benefits of Trial by Jury.
  • Mara Liasson
    Mara Liasson

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences, 
    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, 
    establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries 
    so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing 
    the same absolute rule into these Colonies.
  • Linda Wertheimer
    Linda Wertheimer
    Steve Barrett

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and 
    altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments; For suspending 
    our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power 
    to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
  • Tom Goldman
    Tom Goldman
    Steve Barrett

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection 
    and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged 
    our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  • Jackie Northam
    Jackie Northam

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries 
    to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already 
    begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled 
    in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of 
    a civilized nation.
  • Michele Keleman
    Michele Keleman

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken captive on the high seas 
    to bear arms against their Country, to become the executioners of 
    their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
  • Ari Shapiro
    Ari Shapiro
    Doby Photography /NPR

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored 
    to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, 
    whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, 
    sexes and conditions. In every stage of these Oppressions We have 
    Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated 
    Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
  • Richard Knox
    Richard Knox
    Jacques Coughlin

    A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may 
    define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have 
    We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have 
    warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature 
    to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
  • Susan Stamberg
    Susan Stamberg
    Doby Photography/NPR

    We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and 
    settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, 
    and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to 
    disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our 
    connections and correspondence.
  • Scott Horsley
    Scott Horsley
    Doby Photography/NPR

    They too have been deaf to 
    the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, 
    acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, 
    and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, 
    in Peace Friends.
  • Cokie Roberts
    Cokie Roberts
    Steve Fenn/ABC, Inc.

    We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, 
    in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge 
    of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, 
    and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly
    publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right 
    ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved
    from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political 
    connection between them and the State of Great Britain, 
    is and ought to be totally dissolved.
  • Renee Montagne
    Renee Montagne
    Doby Photography/NPR

    And that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to 
    levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances,establish Commerce, 
    and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States
    may of right do.
  • Steve Inskeep
    Steve Inskeep
    Doby Photography/NPR

    And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance 
    on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge 
    to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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