American History Sites Help Celebrate Independence Day

By Feldman, Barbara J. | The Florida Times Union, June 29, 1999 | Go to article overview

American History Sites Help Celebrate Independence Day


Feldman, Barbara J., The Florida Times Union


After Britain's expensive victory in the French and Indian War of 1754-1763, the crown decided to recoup some of the costs of defending the colonies by taxing the colonists.

The colonists were outraged at the tax, but unlike their British counterparts, had no elected representatives in Parliament.

"Taxation without representation is tyranny," became a battle cry. Each year at this time, we celebrate the colonists' victory and the birth of our nation. Happy Independence Day!

America Rock: The Shot Heard 'Round the World

genxtvland.simplenet.com/SchoolHouseRock/songts?hi+shot

Rating: ****

"Now, the ride of Paul Revere set the nation on its ear, and the shot at Lexington heard 'round the world, when the British fired in the early dawn, the War of Independence had begun, the die was cast, the rebel flag unfurled." You can listen to this frolicking song from School House Rock in a variety of formats, but the animated QuickTime movie is my favorite. Click on "Back" for links to more revolutionary tunes such as No More Kings and Fireworks. The History Place: American Revolution

wwwistoryplace.com/unitedstates/revolution/

Rating: ****

This easy-to-peruse time line starts with the early explorers ("1000 A.D. -- Leif Ericson, a Viking seaman, explores the east coast of North America and sights Newfoundland, establishing a short-lived settlement there.") and continues to the early years of our new nation ("July 10, 1790 -- The House of Representatives votes to locate the national capital on a 10 square-mile site along the Potomac, with President George Washington choosing the exact location.") Don't miss their Five Tips on writing a better history report.

Liberty! The American Revolution

www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/

Rating: *****

"It's 1763. You're a basically happy, content colonist in North America. …

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