Happy Birthday USA

By Juliana Adelman

08314v I’m not particularly patriotic, but I do like the 4th of July.  I miss the fireworks and the barbecues.  It probably says something profound about Americans in general that we are all pretty happy to celebrate our ‘Independence Day’ no matter how ambivalent we feel about the country’s current politics.  Anyway, I just thought I’d give you a few interesting American history links for the occasion.  First, you must listen to Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock.  Then you may want to have a look at an interesting Revolutionary War Blog.  Finally, check out two fantastic resources for American history.  The Library of Congress’s digital collections pages include a website archive, 1 million digitised photographs and images (where I got this image of the Declaration of Independence produced in the 19th C) and all sorts of other goodies.  The library’s own site also has online exhibits and teaching materials.  Another great central resource is History Matters, which is linked to George Mason University and the City University of New York.  It’s intended to help in history teaching, but has lots of interesting stuff for the merely curious.  So happy 4th of July!

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