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"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" with Frank Burke

Friday July 3: “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” with Frank Burke….. http://t.co/DonMpyd3BA

— Silvio Canto, Jr. (@SCantojr) July 3, 2015

US History

A Letter to America

4 July 2015

Dear America (circa 1786),

Today is your 239th birthday and in all honesty, you don’t look a day over 10. Things here in 2015 for the most part look very similar to the nice bright-eyed childhood you remember. 1,035 more words


Thinking Aloud: American Fireworks, Cold-War Style

July 4, 2015 by Darius 

If you’re American, there’s a good chance you’ll see some fireworks this weekend as part of Independence Day celebrations.  Half a century ago, though, the US military put on a fireworks display that will probably never be surpassed. 137 more words

Thinking Aloud


For United States Independence Day:

In 2010 the Samuel Adams beer company trumpeted beer’s role in the founding of the nation. It claimed that William Bradford’s Pilgrims came ashore in Plymouth, Massachusetts, only because they were “out of beer.” (Bradford actually wrote that the Pilgrims made straight for land- “whatsoever it was they cared not”- because they had “no water, no beere, nor any woode.”) The Boston beer company further claimed that the American Revolution originated in the taverns of New England. 489 more words

Empires And Revolutions