Happy Independence Day 2011!

Happy 4th of July

                Today marks the 235th birthday of the Declaration of Independence.  On July 4, 1776, the delegates the Continental Congress decided it was no longer possible to consider remaining English citizens and the goal of the Revolutionary War was going to be total independence. 

                If you are interested, there are a lot of resources on the internet where you can find out more about the history of the Declaration of Independence.  If you want to read the full texts transcript, you can find one with the signors names at our federal government archives website:  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

                You can also find out more historical information about the declaration on the same website by starting at the Declarations of Independence homepage: 

Declaration of Independence archives         htt://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

                If you want to have some fun with it, here are some places to check out:

Schoolhouse Rock presentation related to the 4th on YouTube are fun for kids of all ages:

 “Fireworks” 

This is the 4th of July segment.

watch?v=Ym2Ny1Te3LA&feature=related

No More Kings

We learn why we fought for independence.

watch?v=p0LmYEjXNIg&feature=related

 

Shot Heard Round the World:

We learn what this means and how it became identified as the start of the Revolutionary War.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhdmDDBjco0&feature=related

How about Elmo Sings Happy Birthday to America:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2013883526

For the lover of rap music check this out:

Revolutionary Rap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL4KhwCMSwg&feature=related

Now a bit More Serious:

 

A short piece about the Declaration of Independence from the HBO Special John Adams can be seen here:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrvpZxMfKaU

If you have Netflix, you can stream the first and second episodes of the History Channel series America: The Story of Us to get a serious patriotic fix.  About 20 minutes into the Ep 1: Rebels through Ep 2:  Revolution is a good place to start to get an overview of the history of our fight for independence. 

For more details about this time in history, you can say with Netflix to stream the History Channel 13 episodes about various aspects of the struggle starting with Boston Bloody Boston (about the Boston Massacre).   Episode 3 focuses on the Declaration of Independence.

Finally here are some words from the author of the Declaration of Independence to think about today,
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”   Thomas Jefferson.

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