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Independence Day links

Want some inspiration? Read Lincoln’s 1858 speech on the meaning of Independence Day: “Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then.” More excellent speeches from Coolidge (1926) and Reagan (1986). Video of the Reagan speech is available here.

The 7 most bad-ass founding fathers, 5 forgotten founding fathers, and 4 more.

Vintage Photos of People Celebrating Independence Day.

Journal of the American Revolutions’ 10 Myths for the Fourth of July and Breaking News From 1776: First News Reports of Independence.

All about the Statue of Liberty.

Dave Barry’s excellent 1998 column for the 4th of July.

Videos: The Science of Fireworks and of Barbecue.

PBS’s description of various fireworks effects, and a quiz. Related: 10 Facts About Firecrackers That Will Blow You Away.

America The Beautiful: Mark Steyn tells the story of the song.

Top Ten Movies For The Fourth Of July.

When in the course of human events… here’s the full text of the Declaration of Independence.

Independence Days from science fiction.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!