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John F. Kennedy Reads the Declaration of Independence on WQXR

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On July 4, 1957, senator John F. Kennedy appeared on WQXR, reading the Declaration of Independence as part of the station's observance of Independence Day.

Kennedy's reading was heard in recordings twice that day, and was followed by a performance of Randall Thomson's Testament of Freedom (1942), a series of choral settings from the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

Tune in this Thursday, July 4, for a full day of American music on WQXR.

Audio courtesy of the NYPR Archives.