Posts Tagged ‘Independence Day’

Happy 238th Birthday, America!

July 4, 2014

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And, a belated Happy Resolution of Independence Day.  July 2nd, 1776 was the day that the Continental Congress passed the Resolution of Independence.  The Declaration of Independence was signed and dated on July 4th, 1776.  Bet you didn’t know that. Neither did It until I looked up Independence Day on Wikipedia.

 

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Podcast: Honest Abe and the Fourth of July

July 4, 2008

  Since the 4th of July is a very special holiday, I thought I would do another podcast. Gotta stay in practice, you know. This time, we’ll look at what our 16th president has to do with the Fourth of July. Just click on the link below. It might take a few seconds to download.

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Did you know that it has been estimated by the Library of Congress that more books have been written about President Lincoln than anyone but Jesus? Let me recommend one: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s about how Lincoln appointed a cabinet of men who had wanted his job, but lost to him. He knew they all had powerful egos, that they would be at odds with each other, and with him. But, he knew they were brilliant and wanted to use their abilities. He used their competative dynamics to his advantage. He didn’t want a bunch of yes men on his cabinet. He wanted them to tell him the truth. It is a fascinating study. I really enjoyed it.