Thomas Jefferson described the Declaration of Independence as an “expression of the American mind.” Yet in the years since 1776, the ideals enshrined in the Declaration have inspired freedom movements all over the world. Indeed, today more than half of the nations on Earth have founding documents inspired by the American Declaration of Independence.

In this live Q&A with veteran Thomas Jefferson interpreter, Bill Barker, appears out of character to discuss the many legacies of the Declaration, how its interpretation has evolved over time, and its continued importance today.