The Fourth of July in Postmodern America

Who is today’s model of liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

July 4 is a national holiday that celebrates the creation of the United States of America in 1776, a day for patriots of all flavors. With the festivities and fireworks comes a salute to all those who have made the nation what it is.

As the Founders knew, a self-governing nation requires exempla virtutis, ideal examples of statesmanship and moral character. Their own came mainly from the Bible and Plutarch. The courage and greatness of biblical heroes and ancient statesmen were reiterated in churches, classrooms, and public assemblies for U.S. generations that followed.