Celebrating Independence Day as an Opportunity to Learn!
Celebrating Independence Day is a fantastic time to look back at our nation's history. Here are nine things you may not know about the Declaration of Independence, Hamilton is here, as well as several other resources to continue to learn more about our nation's founding and history.
Nine surprising facts about the iconic founding document adopted on July 4, 1776
(By Elizabeth Harrison, History.com)
- The Declaration of Independence wasn't signed on July 4, 1776.
- More than one copy of the Declaration of Independence exists.
- When news of the Declaration of Independence reached New York City, it started a riot.
- Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in the U.K.
- One signer of the Declaration of Independence later recanted.
- There was a 44-year age difference between the youngest and oldest signers.
- Two additional copies of the Declaration of Independence have been found in the last 25 years.
- The Declaration of Independence spent World War II in Fort Knox.
- There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence.
"Hamilton" on Disney+
Rated PG-13 — Parents strongly cautioned, some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
It's here, it's here! The much-anticipated release of the Broadway phenomenon, "Hamilton," is available right in your own home, just in time for the 244th celebration of America's Independence!
The filmed version of the original Broadway smash hit "Hamilton" combines the best elements of live theater, film, and streaming in an astounding blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway music. Presenting the tale of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, this revolution moment in theatre is the story of America then, told by America now.
Frederick Douglass' 'Fourth of July Speech
Frederick Douglass' Descendants Deliver His 'Fourth Of July' Speech
The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms. In this short film, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" which asks all of us to consider America's long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.
Frederick Douglass’ “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” performed by Brian Jones
July Fourth is held up as a day to celebrate the struggle for freedom and independence. But the great abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass — dared to challenge the celebration of the holiday. Here is part of “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” his remarkable address delivered to the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society in 1852. Performed by Brian Jones on March 21, 2017, in the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Howard Gilman Opera House.