ERIC Number: EJ725407
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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July 4, 1776: The Actual Day of the Declaration of Independence?
Pahl, Ronald H.
Social Studies, v96 n5 p214 Sep-Oct 2005
Everybody accepts that Americans celebrate the independence of the United States on the Fourth of July, in remembrance of that famous date in 1776. In this article, the author features a simple lesson designed for students to check the accuracy of this most basic of American historical facts. During the lesson, the students examine nine pieces of evidence from the notes of Charles Thompson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress, that were compiled by Worthington C. Ford (1904-1937) for the Library of Congress, and that are on the Library's Web site http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwdg.html. The students test the accuracy of the date by reviewing the evidence and then drawing their own conclusions about the accuracy of the date.
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Class Activities, Lesson Plans
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