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Amid all the fireworks displays and backyard barbecues, the true meaning of why we gather to celebrate the 4th of July has slowly been lost. But this year, Penguin-Random House is doing something about it, encouraging all Americans to take a trip back to the classroom and revisit the ideals that gave rise to this nation. On June 27th, Penguin (in a partnership with PEN America and the National Coalition Against Censorship) will stream free audio recordings of both the Constitution (narrated by Boyd Gaines) and Thomas Jefferson’s the Declaration of Independence (narrated by Frank Langella). In light of the sad fact that a large portion of the populous has no knowledge of how our government functions or what elements created its platform of Democracy, this opportunity to hear these seminal documents read aloud offers a unique way for every person to re-familiarize heart and mind with the reasons we’re able to live as we do.
Stream the recordings here, and then alert the rest of your circle via your social media accounts.