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Gilder Lehrman Institute Fourth of July Resource Page

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This article originally appeared in a Gilder Lehrman Institute newsletter.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute invites everyone—students, teachers, and history enthusiasts—to visit our new Fourth of July resource page and explore materials related to American independence.

Here is what you will find:

Spotlights on Primary Sources

  • Declaration of Independence, 1776
  • Henry Knox on the British invasion of New York, 1776


  • Inside the Vault: Founding Era Propaganda
  • Inside the Vault: July Anniversaries

Online Exhibition and Essay

  • The American Revolution
  • "The Invention of the Fourth of July"

Lesson Plans

  • "The Declaration of Independence"
  • "The Preamble to the US Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Declaration of Independence"
  • "What Does Liberty Look Like?"
  • "America in Song"