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This weekend, we celebrate the signing of our Declaration of Independence . Its immortal words have inspired millions of people worldwide to seek their freedom, and the words can work their magic on us yet again if we let them. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The Declaration’s power comes from just a few lines: “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.” The United States was thus the first nation in world history to found itself on a universal doctrine that placed human dignity and equality, separate from any religious doctrine, at its core. Full story

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