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Independence Day 2011

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

USG Publications (By the U.S. Department of State IIP)

  • USA History in Brief
    USA History in Brief

    The first title in the new "In Brief" series, this publication summarizes in a few thousand words the history of how the United States was founded and the forces and events that shaped the dynamic and varied country that it has become today. Korean »  »

  • Outline of U.S. History
    Outline of U.S. History

    How the United States has been transformed from its origins as an obscure set of colonies on the Atlantic coast a little more than 200 years ago into what one political analyst terms "the first universal nation."  

  • Historians on America
    Historians on America

    Historians on America is a series of individual essays that selects specific moments, decisions, and intellectual or legislative or legal developments and explains how they altered the course of U.S. history. The book consists of 11 separate essays by major historians, ranging from The Trial of John Peter Zenger in 1735 to The Immigration Act of 1965.  

  • Writers on America
    Writers on America

    Presents 15 essays by a diverse group of contemporary American writers, poets, essayists, and intellectuals, on how being an American has affected their decision to write and what they have written during successful careers. Their meditations illuminate in an interesting way certain American values — freedom, diversity, and democracy, in the context of individual development. Korean »  »

  • Snapshot USA
    Snapshot USA

    “Snapshot USA” approaches the current generation of young people from outside the United States, by offering some fundamental facts and build on these to describe a little of how Americans think about their country and the world, to provide a picture of who we are now.  

Useful Links

· Fourth of July is Independence Day

·         U.S. Census Bureau: Facts for Features - The Fourth of July 2011

·         Library of Congress: The Declaration of Independence

·         Library of Congress: Patriotic Melodies (with sheet music)

·         National Archives: The Declaration of Independence

· American Holidays



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