History Now: Perspectives on the Fourth of July

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Find out the background behind the Fourth of July holiday, the date of which may have been just an accident. Included is a great lesson plan that examines the importance of the birth of our nation. Included are position papers that offer different views on the impact of the Declaration of Independence. The site provides the materials necessary for implementing this lesson in PDF form, the essential question, the procedure to follow, and summary questions. Interestingly, the Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1941.

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