If you have some spare time today, I have three recommendations for your appropriate Independence Day reading:

* At Hullabaloo, David Atkins’ brief but startling collection of lefty quotations from the Founding Fathers.

* Religion Dispatches‘ “reader” of recent articles on America’s heritage of church-state relations and efforts to misuse it today.

* Kevin Drum’s fun-pack of writings and charts on the recent struggles for and against the right to vote.

Enjoy.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.