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Drafting the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson penned the greater part of the document, working closely with other founding fathers, including Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. It opens with the powerful statement that "all men are created equal" and "endowed with certain unalienable Rights."
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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
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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
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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
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Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.
I Love the 1880s: Forever Badasses
I Love the 1880s: Forever BadassesVideo Clip (22:02)
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We've scoured all of recorded history to find the men, the myths and the legends that kicked ass, took names and then kicked ass again.
Cat BombVideo Clip (0:40)
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During World War II, the U.S. Army invented a new missile guidance system: cats.
Presidential PastimesVideo Clip (1:20)
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Presidents are usually pretty old. So it's no surprise they like low-impact sports.
America's Drinking Song!
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Here's a game: If you knew the Star Spangled Banner was originally set to the tune of a drinking song, take a shot.
I Love the 1880s: How the West Was Fun
I Love the 1880s: How the West Was FunVideo Clip (21:47)
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From Davy Crockett to Jesse James to Wild Bill Hickok, it's a comedic round-up of the biggest and brashest personalities to venture west of the mighty Mississippi.
I Love the 1880s: Livin' Large
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A salute to the biggest bigwigs in history—the millionaires and billionaires who lived large and died rich.
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The reason President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge was so quiet is probably because he was asleep all the time.
Rail Force One
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FDR had some pretty great wheels, but his private train car was even cooler.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July Address
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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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