We’ve arrived at the most American of holidays, at which we celebrate the founding of our country on July 4, 1776. In the 237 years since the signing of the document asserting the right to independence from Great Britain, we Americans have constantly searched to define freedom, independence and patriotism.
Though the three words can claim a kinship, they are not interchangeable. One can be free but not independent, and vice versa. One can be patriotic but be neither free nor independent.
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