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More About How America Became an Independent Nation
Declaration of Independence
Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration
of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty
and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable
phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts
of the American people.
- Images of the Declaration
- Creating the Declaration
View the time line for the creation of the Declaration of Independence
beginning with the Lee Resolution and ending on August 2, 1776 when
the document was signed by most members of Congress.
- The Signer's Gallery
Who was the oldest Signer of the Declaration of Independence? Which
Signer was also a musician? Learn the answers to these and other
questions, and get our fact sheet about the Signers of the Declaration
- Sign the Declaration
Choose a pen and add your name to the Declaration of Independence
alongside our Forefathers. (This interactive exhibit requires the
Macromedia Flash Player. Instructions and a link are provided.)
America's presidents have represented many states, held different occupations
and faced difficult challenges. However, each president answered the
same call--the call to serve the American people. As you learn about
the presidents, think about ways you can serve your neighbor, community
or country today.
Presidential biographies, coloring sheets and activity pages, and online
1777 An Unlikely Spy
Gathering information or "intelligence" has been a part of
defending freedom from the beginning of our nation. During America's
War of Independence, a woman in Philadelphia found herself in a unique
position to help the cause of freedom.
Pledge Allegiance by Red Skelton
The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television
program as he related the story of his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt
his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely
something to recite in class each day.
American Revolution Unit Study
More resources to learn about the Revolutionary War.
Make your own fireworks display.
The companion Web site to "Fireworks!," scheduled to be rebroadcast
on Tuesday, July 1, 2003. This explosive NOVA presents the colorful
history of pyrotechnics and reveals how hi-tech firing systems are transforming
public displays into a dazzling, split-second science. Here's what you'll
- Name That Shell
Watch video clips of fireworks bursting in air and find out how
well you know your chrysanthemums from your peonies, your roman
candles from your palm trees.
- Anatomy of a Firework
Where you see brilliant light and vivid color, a pyrotechnician
sees a successful lift charge, black powder mix, time-delay fuse,
bursting charge, and other essential ingredients.
- Pyrotechnically Speaking
Dr. John Conkling, adjunct professor of chemistry at Washington
College and former executive director of the American Pyrotechnics
Association, describes what it is about fireworks that gets him,
well, all fired up.
- On Fire (Hot Science)
This virtual laboratory lets you explore the basics of combustion,
including how a fire ignites, what a flame is made of, and how burning
molecules rearrange themselves.
Fireworks: Capture the Spectacle
Tips from Smithsonian photographers.
Guide to Photographing Fireworks
for Independence Day
Music on the Web
Music to download.
Road to Revolution
Want to make your own American Revolution? You'll need a good horse,
a road map and a working knowledge of LIBERTY! Online. Saddle up and
turn the page. This is an online quiz that covers the material presented
on the PBS Liberty the Road to Revolution website.
Gather secrets as you work your way through this online activity. At
the end choose to side with the patriots or the loyalists
British are Coming
Thinkquest online game.
Flames of Rebellion
The Flames of Rebellion is a strategy/war game playable by two users
on the internet or at one computer. Players choose either the British
or the Colonials as they simulate the Revolutionary War. The object
of the game is to take control of all thirteen colonies.
Pages, Printer Goodies & Crafts
Land of Liberty Screensaver
Celebrate your patriotism all year long with this inspirational screensaver.
America - Land of Liberty displays full color images with subtle animations
and inspirational quotes from some of America's brightest and best.
This screen saver displays old Betsy, tattered and torn, overlaid with
the famous "Spirit of 1776" painting of our victorious troops
marching home and ends with fireworks over Mount Rushmore.
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