Inspiring American Stories for Your 4th of July

Every year on the Fourth—Independence Day—we remind ourselves of all that makes America what Lincoln called it, “the last best hope of earth.” This reminder is especially needful now. The Claremont Institute was founded over 40 years ago to teach Americans what it is about our country that makes it worth the last full measure of devotion. We have always thought this is the most important work in America.

On this Independence Day, I invite you to refresh your American Spirit and rededicate yourself to the American cause. Take a few minutes to listen to one or all of these stories by Claremont Institute Senior Fellow, Chris Flannery, about some of the things that make America the land we love:

1. How John Adams and Thomas Jefferson lived the spirit of 1776;  [Ep. 103]

2. Why in the course of human events, courageous men like Billy Fiske give their lives for their friends and the cause of freemen everywhere;  [Ep. 58]

3. How the Revolutionary and Founding generations did their heroic and historic part in giving us a legacy of freedom—to receive it, we need only to understand it and live up to it;  [Ep. 61]

4. Why the greatest respect Americans can show for the opinions of mankind—and the greatest benefit they can bestow upon themselves—is to continue to take responsibility for being the kind of self-governing people we invite all people to be; [Ep. 90]

5. Why George Washington, more than any of his contemporaries, was the necessary condition of American independence. [Ep. 16]

For more great stories every week, subscribe to The American Story for free on your preferred podcast platform. The American Story podcast comes out once a week, every Tuesday. Each episode is a 6-8 minute story about what makes America beautiful and worthy of love. If you’d like to learn more about these stories or how you might support them, please visit

Thanks for listening—and for sharing these stories with family, friends, and fellow patriots.

Happy Fourth!
Ryan P. WilliamsPresident

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