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Original Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies, which were then at war with Great Britain, were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states.
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July 4th(8 Photos)
Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is celebrated with parades,…
American Revolution: Continental Congress
American Revolution: Continental Congress(11 Photos)
Discover the accomplishments of the First and Second Constitutional Congresses, and learn about the major players behind such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Paris.
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Jefferson and the Continental Congress
Jefferson and the Continental CongressVideo Clip (3:33)
Video Clip (3:33)
Over 17 days, Thomas Jefferson writes what will become the mission statement for a revolution and a new nation: the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson Challenges the King
Jefferson Challenges the KingVideo Clip (2:21)
Video Clip (2:21)
Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.
Good and Evel
Good and EvelVideo Clip (1:04)
Video Clip (1:04)
While Evel Knieval was setting the record for most bones broken in a lifetime, he was also the owner of several motorcycle dealerships.
Sexual Curie-osityVideo Clip (0:48)
Video Clip (0:48)
Marie Curie had a strong passion for physics, among other things.
Power NapVideo Clip (0:33)
Video Clip (0:33)
The reason President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge was so quiet is probably because he was asleep all the time.
Rail Force One
Rail Force OneVideo Clip (0:46)
Video Clip (0:46)
FDR had some pretty great wheels, but his private train car was even cooler.
No. 2 Railroad
No. 2 RailroadVideo Clip (1:22)
Video Clip (1:22)
The Pacific Railroad Act created the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which was built with the help of Chinese immigrants.
America's Drinking Song!
America's Drinking Song!Video Clip (1:02)
Video Clip (1:02)
Here's a game: If you knew the Star Spangled Banner was originally set to the tune of a drinking song, take a shot.
Big Man On Krampus
Big Man On KrampusVideo Clip (1:17)
Video Clip (1:17)
Meet the bad cop to Santa's good cop: Krampus.
Can You Hear Me Now?
Can You Hear Me Now?Video Clip (0:43)
Video Clip (0:43)
Watch never-before-seen footage of what is alleged to be the world's first mobile phone conversation.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July AddressAudio Clip (2:07)
Audio Clip (2:07)
In a broadcast from his home in Hyde Park, New York, on July 4, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt warns Americans who wish not to get involved in the war that "the United States will never survive as a happy and fertile oasis of liberty surrounded by a cruel desert of dictatorship."
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