Fourth of July



The Library of Congress offers many insights into celebration of the founding of this nation and the issuance of the Declaration of Independence.  In the just for fun category, consider this cartoon. entitled Fourth of July Frolics -- Then and Now: From The Wasp: v. 21, July - Dec. 1888.

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/flipomatic/cic/images@ViewImage?img=brk00001628_16a

This image along with other documents, sound clips and movies, comes from the activity Summer: Looking into Holidays Past http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/holidays-past/image/index_summer.html found on the Teacher Page of LOC.gov.  You will also find other resources to connect children to the founding ideas and experiences of this great nation.  See Symbols of the United States: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/symbols-us/pdf/teacher_guide.pdf and George Washington: First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen - http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/lessons/washington/preparation.html
This day in 1776 also commemorates the founding of San Francisco by the Spanish.  It is a reminder of the many faces of American discovery and history.  To see documents, maps and images collected around Hispanic Exploration, see: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/hispanic-exploration/  and Mexican American Migration and Communities: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/mexican-americans/