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On August 2nd, 1776, Congress signed the Declaration of Independence. There were 56 congressional delegates who signed. Eight days later (August 10th), London learned that independence had been declared.
In celebration of the oft-overlooked August 2nd, here’s a list of articles to help celebrate the Declaration’s signing day.
Some say Donald Trump has broken the political mold. This owes much to Trump’s language. Trump’s language, some of it offensive, isn’t always politically savvy or politically correct. This seems unorthodox; to some, un-American.
We’re prone to imagine our Founding Fathers as genteel, upright figures. Paintings, viewed through the lens of history, seem to depict them as saints.* But beyond these careful brushstrokes, our Founding Fathers, in modern-speak, were a bunch of bad asses. Their triumphs had nothing to do with refinement and grace. Instead, sharp skills and shrewd strategies, different for each, delivered their immortal successes.
The Declaration of Independence. The Constitution. The Bill of Rights. Uh ... the Articles of something .... Uh ... the Federalist thing-a-ma-bobs ....
What better way to celebrate than a quiz? You think you are a Jefferson connoisseur? Think you know him like the back of your hand? Take a crack at these Jefferson-related questions and see how you do. Good Luck!
During the spring of 1790, the U.S. government passed the first patent law. It got off to a slow start with only 3 patents granted that year. Things eventually heated up, though, and by 1836, the total had climbed to almost 10,000. With documents piling high, the government decided to protect all the paperwork in a new, fire-resistant building. Construction began, and they placed the files in temporary storage.
As kids we let our imaginations run wild. Remember when you dreamt of being a police officer or firefighter, or maybe even being the next Superman or Wonder Woman? One profession we have pondered at some point of our lives is being the President of the United States.