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July 03, 2005

What's this all about?

So what is it we're celebrating this long weekend?

Well, July 4, Independence Day, of course.

But what's July 4 got to do with independence?

Even in this age of abysmal ignorance of history, I suspect everyone checking in on politically centered blogs knows the answer, but just in case you're not totally up to speed get that way with a visit to the National Archives Declaration of Independence page.

Written in June, 1776, by Thomas Jefferson (my favorite Founding Father despite the hypocrisy of a slave-holder writing glowingly that "all men are created equal"), the Declaration was approved the the Second Continental Congress, July 4 that year.

Amuse yourself this July 4 by asking friends and family members (especially children still in school), a few basic questions about the holiday. Share the results.

Posted by jcb at July 3, 2005 12:09 PM


I was pleased (and I admit a little tiny bit surprised) that my 13-year-old could answer several questions about the Declaration. It's a good reality check on the adults, too. 'Cause you have to know the answer yourself before you ask.

Posted by: Vita at July 5, 2005 01:45 PM