WHEN NIGHT fell on Independence Day, I stood outside with my children and watched fireworks fill the evening sky. As I did so, I contemplated the meaning of freedom here in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence. To be sure, the definition of American freedom is complicated. It was from the very beginning, when the…

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WHEN YOU LIVE in Philadelphia, you can’t help but notice Independence Day. American history is kind of everywhere you look around here. The Welcome America! celebration brings together all sorts of movies, exhibits, and concerts featuring a number of bands, including one of my favorites, The Roots. [blocktext align=”right”]Every year the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition sets…

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