- What do the three colors on the U.S. Flag stand for?
- Who’s signature was largest on the Declaration of Independence?
- Other than being a poet, what was Francis Scot Key’s other profession?
- Can you name the original 13 colonies?
Do you enjoy history and learning new things about the origins of the United States of America? Celebrate Independence Day by reading up on U.S. History. Amaze your friends as you confidently discuss the Federalist Papers, hold your own in an argument about the U.S. Flag, back up your opinions about the role of the Supreme Court. The more you read about our country, the more you can appreciate the turmoil and accomplishments that the people of our nation have faced and overcome.
Here are some good books to sample:
Don’t Know Much About History – Kenneth C. Davis. This book offers bits and pieces about American History without being overwhelming. It’s a great way to pick up quick knowledge and hopefully make you thirsty to read even more about history.
Seizing Destiny: How American Grew From Sea to Shining Sea – Richard Kluger (Pulitizer Prize winning author). Learn about the western expansion of United States from the Revolution up through the purchase of Alaska.
A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn. This is NOT a light read, but it is very comprehensive. This is a history as told from the perspective of the average working person, such as immigrants, African Americans, women, etc.
The Everything U.S. Constitution Book – Ellen Kozak. While this is not scholarly, it is a nice simple explanation of how the Constitution came to be and what it means.
Federalist Papers – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay. A very important collection of 85 essays, that were essential in U.S. History.
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution – Richard Beeman. The drama of the Constitutional Convention and the creation of the Constitution.
These are just a few of the thousands of books available to read about the founding and history of the U.S. Do not be overwhelmed by the abundance of what is available in print and online….gaining knowledge is an unending journey. Oh…and the answers to the above quiz?
White = purity and innocence
Red= Hardiness and valour
(You can read up on this at the website: http://www.usflag.org/colors.html)