Danielle Allen was the keynote speaker at the 243rd Lantern Ceremony at Old North Church, which commemorates the night that two lanterns were hung in the steeple to signal that the British regulars were moving "by sea." Click here for video of the...
This spring a small but significant political battle played out in the Louisiana Statehouse. Lawmakers shelved a Louisiana house bill requiring that fourth through sixth graders in public schools begin their day by reciting two-thirds of the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence. The debate reveals both how poorly equipped we are as a nation to understand even our founding document and what a hard time we’re having reinventing civic education for a new millennium.... Read more about Civic Education and the Declaration of Independence
declarationresAdmiral Howe wrote to Ben Franklin about "the most flattering Hopes of proving serviceable in the Objects of the King's paternal Sollicitude, by promoting the reestablishment of lasting Peace and Union with the Colonies" #onthisday in 1776 (though it wasn't sent until July 12) t.co/pNwRAefbno
declarationresThe Great Seal of the United States was adopted #onthisday in 1782, but did you know that the first committee tasked with designing a seal was appointed on July 4, 1776? It included a few guys who had tons of free time - Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin.