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NPR Reads The Declaration Of Independence

The Declaration of Independence, displayed in a dimly lit hall at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
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The Declaration of Independence, displayed in a dimly lit hall at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Editor's note on July 8, 2022: This story quotes the U.S. Declaration of Independence — a document that contains offensive language about Native Americans, including a racial slur.

On July 4, America will celebrate 244 years since the continental congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

NPR marks the celebration with what has become a Morning Edition tradition: the annual reading of that document. Below is the original text of the Declaration of Independence, alongside photos of the NPR staff members who performed the reading.

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