With America's 234th birthday coming up Sunday, this week's Engaging Democracy podcast is all about getting the Founding right.
In this episode, Eric O'Keefe reminds us that American independence was not, as we sometimes hear, an edict handed down from the Founding Fathers. Rather, it was a popular sentiment of regular people throughout the colonies long before that great document was approved on July 4, 1776. We interview historian Pauline Maier, author of the book, "American Scripture," to hear her take on how the Declaration was influenced by the buzz of independence throughout the colonies. We also hit the streets of Chicago to hear what regular folks know about our revolutionary history.