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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

U.S. Independence Day
The Birth of an Idea

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation
(1776-1830)


The Birth of an Idea
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.1

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    revision, self-evident, summarize, readable, better, philosophy, presented, civilization, official, various, construction, debate, fireproof, parchment, manuscript, capital
     content words:    What Thomas Jefferson, King George III, Great Britain, Thomas Jefferson, When Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Continental Congress, Timothy Matlack, John Hancock


The Birth of an Idea
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     I was born July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There had never been anything quite like me before or since. I guess you could say I am one of a kind. Some have said that I am perhaps the most masterfully written state paper of Western civilization.
 
2     You see, I am a document called the Declaration of Independence. The ideas that are contained within me are not new. They had been around for a long time and had been expressed by other people. What Thomas Jefferson did was to summarize these ideas. He presented a philosophy of "self-evident truths" and listed a set of grievances against the king at that time, King George III. He did this to explain to the rest of the world why it was necessary to break ties with the mother country of Great Britain.
 
3     I said that I was born on July 4, but it actually took Thomas Jefferson a long time to construct me. I was drafted between June 11 and June 28, 1776. I am considered by many to be the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument.

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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

             A New Nation
(1776-1830)



U.S. Independence Day
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United States
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    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Pearl Harbor  
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
 
    The 1940's  
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


50 States

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