A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 6, 1953

I am very excited about this week's TIME cover and cover story. It is a departure from TIME'S normal practice of putting living men on the cover. But in this case, the 177th anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence, we thought an exception was a good idea.

TIME has often done atmosphere stories on how the country celebrates the Fourth of July holiday: the picnics, the band concerts in town parks, death on crowded highways, and sweltering fun on packed beaches. However, the story of what we celebrate is often lost in how we...

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