Today We Celebrate Our Independence

Hello fellow history lovers. Instead of a usual today in history type blog, since you all know what happened today, I thought instead I would share some of my favorite links to historical sites & articles relevant to Independence Day, including former posts here. Enjoy & have a Happy 4th of July!!

Read the Declaration or listen to it here, The Declaration of Independence Read Aloud.

Learn about the process of independence on former Fun with History posts, Moving Toward Independence, and the declaration of independence here, Declaring Independence.

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson apparently wrote subjects instead of citizens when writing the Declaration? The AP had a recent article about it: Thomas Jefferson made slip in Declaration.

A piece on how far we’ve come and how far we have to go to achieve a nation that is truly racially independent, Fourth of July, 1776, 1964, 2010.

Myths about the Fourth of July: The Fourth of July and Other Myths of Independence.

Adrian Tinniswood’s piece on the impact of the English Civil War on its American colonies and how it shaped a people that 130 years later fought for independence here, America’s Revolution: The Prequel.

NPR’s suggestions to create the perfect music list to celebrate our independence, A Mix for America.

We are a nation of immigrants and the NY Times has a great Room for Debate blog post on how immigrants proclaim their love of the US in How We Adopted the Fourth of July.

How could we forget about Betsy Ross today, when we hold our flag most dear? The Historiann writes about her in Stars & Stripes Forever.

The History Channel has a video today-in-history about our independence, This Day in History.

How about some fun facts about the Fourth of July? These are great to share while waiting for the fireworks to start:  Facts for Features: The Fourth of July.

And finally, a historical round up of America’s Independence, July 4th.

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About Meg G.

I am a PhD candidate studying US History. I am interested in gender, children, and religious history in the 19th-century US. I love running. I have a pretty cool husband and family. View all posts by Meg G.

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