4th of July by the Numbers
4th of July by the Numbers
4th of July by the NumbersInteractive
Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day
Bet You Didn't Know: Independence DayVideo Clip (2:19)
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Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?
Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War
Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary WarVideo Clip (2:38)
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Did you know that Paul Revere didn't ride alone, and there were women on the Revolutionary War battlefields? Find out more about the war's lesser-known patriots.
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding FathersVideo Clip (1:25)
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Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.
Meet Benjamin Franklin
Meet Benjamin FranklinVideo Clip (1:48)
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Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished revolutionary, but his private life reveals a complex personality.
Deconstructing History: American Flag
Deconstructing History: American FlagVideo Clip (2:07)
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Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."
Ben Franklin's Pen Name
Ben Franklin's Pen NameVideo Clip (2:38)
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While an apprentice in his older brother's print shop, Ben Franklin authored a column under the pen name Silence Dogood.
Ben Franklin Sparks Electricity
Ben Franklin Sparks ElectricityVideo Clip (3:58)
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After retiring from politics age 42, Ben Franklin became an innovator in the field of science through his study of electricity and his invention of the lightning rod.
Ben Franklin the Ladies' Man
Ben Franklin the Ladies' ManVideo Clip (3:17)
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Ben Franklin had a passion for smart, beautiful women, but does the truth support the myth about his prolific romantic appetite?
Benjamin Franklin's Secret Societies
Benjamin Franklin's Secret SocietiesVideo Clip (3:16)
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While in England, Ben Franklin may have been a member of a secret underground society known as the Hellfire Club.
American RevolutionVideo Clip (3:20)
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Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
The Founding Fathers Unite
The Founding Fathers UniteVideo Clip (2:51)
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Who wrote which parts of the anonymous Federalist Papers? Madison and Jefferson disagree.
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (3:49)
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To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?
America Gets a Constitution
America Gets a ConstitutionVideo Clip (3:09)
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After several failed attempts at creating a government, a 1787 convention is called to draft a new legal system for the United States. This new Constitution provides for increased federal authority while still protecting the basic rights of its citizens.
Founding Father's Death Wish
Founding Father's Death WishVideo Clip (1:19)
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Explore the urban legends surrounding the founding fathers of the United States. Did all fifty-six signers all die mysterious deaths shortly after signing the Declaration of Independence.
Mankind in 2 Minutes
Mankind in 2 MinutesVideo Clip (2:12)
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Experience the story of Mankind in 2 Minutes.
Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek
Mankind Decoded Sneak PeekVideo Clip (5:03)
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Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming series Mankind Decoded.
Ask HISTORY: Did all the founding fathers wear wigs?
Ask HISTORY: Did all the founding fathers wear wigs?Video Clip (2:17)
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Did America's creators really hide their hair under white toupees? Get the answer now.
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Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents
Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents(15 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents.
Inventions: Inventors(8 Photos)
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.
American Revolution: Flags and Fliers
American Revolution: Flags and Fliers(10 Photos)
Discover some of the flags and fliers that circulated amongst the colonies before and during the American Revolution.
American Revolution: Key Military Figures
American Revolution: Key Military Figures(10 Photos)
View images of key military figures from the American Revolution, and learn what role they played in this war of independence.
American Revolution: Events and Battles
American Revolution: Events and Battles(12 Photos)
Explore Revolutionary battle sites such as Lexington, Concord and Yorktown, and learn how the events that took place there shaped the course of the war.
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One of the most renowned figures in American history, Benjamin Franklin was a statesman, publisher, author, scientist, inventor and diplomat.Go
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