Morning Minutes: July 4
Word of the Day
patriot pey-tree-uht, -ot or, esp. British, pa-tree-uht (noun) a person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion; a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government. - www.dictionary.com
Website of the Day
America’s Story from America’s Library
School’s out, but the kids can still learn on Independence Day all about their country with America’s Story from America’s Library. The site, run by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., features information about famous Americans, important time periods in history and an opportunity to explore all 50 states.
Number to Know
15: It was on May 15, 1776, that Congress passed the preamble that would lead to Independence Day on July 4. John Adams, who wrote the preamble, regarded it effectively as an American declaration of independence, but a formal declaration would need to be made.
This Day in History
After voting in favor of the resolution of independence, Congress turned its attention to the committee's draft of the declaration. Over several days of debate, Congress made a few changes in wording and deleted nearly a fourth of the text, most notably a passage critical of the slave trade. On July 4, 1776, the wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved and sent to the printer for publication.
Today’s Featured Birthday
American singer-songwriter Bill Withers (75)
"Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America." - Thomas Jefferson, 1775