In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776, as the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. On this day in 1776, the Founding Fathers formally declared independence for the thirteen colonies. Since then, this monumental document has been at the center of an annual celebration of American democratic values.

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While the passion for fitness began in the early 1900s, it was not until the 1980s that fitness commercialized in the aerobics. The 1980s became an incubator where the rise in free-market economics and the development of new technology mixed with the Me-generation creating a new cornerstone of American culture: the admiration of a fit body.

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Bringing music into the history classroom can bring the past to life while challenging students to think critically about lyrical content, the role of  mythology in shaping the history of a place or time, and the importance of cultural memory. As US History Scene explores the archives in the State of Texas, we put together… MORE

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