Tag Archive for ‘Independence Day’

The Grand Flag of the Union, first raised in 1775 and by George Washington in early 1776 in Boston. The Stars and Stripes did not become the "American flag" until June 14, 1777. (Author photo © Kenneth C. Davis)

Whatever Became Of…56 Signers? (2d in a series)

Who were the 56 signers of the Declaration and what became of them?

The Grand Flag of the Union, first raised in 1775 and by George Washington in early 1776 in Boston. The Stars and Stripes did not become the "American flag" until June 14, 1777. (Author photo © Kenneth C. Davis)

Whatever Became Of…56 Signers? (One in a series)

56 Signers. You might know a few. What about the rest of them?

The official Juneteenth Committee in East Woods Park, Austin, Texas on June 19, 1900. (Courtesy Austin History Center, Austin Public Library)

Juneteenth- Time to celebrate

June 19th is another kind of Independence Day –a day that celebrates the end of slavery in America.

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“The Will Of the People?” Or the “Tyranny of the Majority?”

That didn’t take long. In the wake of the Supreme Court decisions in a pair of marriage equality cases on June 26 comes word that the American Civil Liberties Union will challenge Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages. That idea roils opponents of gay-marriage who say “using the courts undermines the will of the voters.” That […]

Washington's Tomb -- Mt. Vernon (Photo credit Kenneth C. Davis 2010)

Don’t Know Much About® George Washington

Yes the day we celebrate on the third Monday in February is really called “George Washington’s Birthday.”

Who Said It 11/5/12

All will, of course, arrange themselves under the will of the law, and unite in common efforts for the common good. All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess […]

James Madison's Montpelier 
(Photo: Kenneth C. Davis)

Don’t Know Much About® the American Presidents: Road Trip!

  The grounds at James Madison’s Montpelier (Photo: Kenneth C. Davis)   Autumn and a presidential campaign are here. That makes it a perfect time to plan a Presidential road trip. I recently wrote this piece suggesting some excellent presidential sites for Fodors.com “How do I get my kids interested in history?” As the author […]

Don’t Know Much About® the Declaration

We hold these truths to be self evident In the run-up to the nation’s birthday, here are some things you “need to know” about the Declaration of Independence. -It’s not a “piece of paper.” The original version of the Declaration  was “engrossed” (a word for preparing an official document in a large, clear hand) on […]

Don’t Know Much About® Juneteenth

A Senator from Texas wants to create a new national holiday out of an old tradition: celebrating Emancipation on a day  called Juneteenth. It is a holiday still unfamiliar to many Americans. I explain its roots here: “America’s birthday is fast approaching. But let’s not wait for July 4th to light the fireworks. There is […]

When Irish Eyes Were Not Smiling-The Bible Riots

It is the day for the “wearing of the green,” parades and an unfortunate connection between being Irish and imbibing. For the day, everybody feels “a little Irish.” But it was not always a happy go lucky virtue to be Irish in America. Once upon a time, the Irish –and specifically Irish Catholics– were vilified […]