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Listening to America

May 22, 2021

The author of a dictionary-like book spent two years recovering the lost language that Americans need in order to talk with each other about things that matter.

Distressed at the dearth of civic understanding in the United States, Ed Hagenstein worked for over two decades to create The Language of Liberty: A Citizen’s Vocabulary. Its purpose is simple: the constitution demands consensus and our form of government requires discourse, which depends in turn on a precise and nuanced vocabulary of its own. Hagenstein has set out to recover 101 words that are essential to the American experiment, many largely lost to disuse or misuse.

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Mary Page Wilson-Lyons | TEDxBirminghamSalon