Before you head out to the beach for your Fourth of July picnic, take a few minutes to listen to Independence Daze: A History of July Fourth (website, iTunes), the latest episode of BackStory (website, iTunes).
There’s a lot of food for thought for your Independence Day picnic.
In the grand finale, Yale historian David Blight describes the great 1852 Independence Day speech by abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. An actor reads the actual speech in the background while Blight narrates. The reenactment was so good it gave me goosebumps.