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Rare collection of Revolutionary War-era newspapers sells for $345,000
A rare collection of annotated Massachusetts newspapers from the Revolutionary War era is going home. The collection, one of four such volumes, was sold at the James D. Julia Auction House for $345,000. The winning bidder was the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Emancipation Proclamation - once owned by RFK - fetched $3.7M at a Sotheby auction
A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln - and once owned by Robert F. Kennedy - fetched $3.7 million, an auction record for a U.S. presidential document. The printed copy of the 1863 document - declaring all slaves "forever free" - is one of 48 printed copies signed by Lincoln. Half are known to survive: 14 are in public institutions, and 8-10 are privately owned.

Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent, May 1-July 4, 1776 (book review)
The men who travelled to Philadelphia in May 1776 for the Second Continental Congress faced the decision left undone by the First Continental Congress: Fix the stalemate with the British government or break away from the motherland..

Letters reveal British despair during the American War of Independence
Historic letters, which will be auctioned off, reveal the British commanders`s pessimistic views, which contrast dramatically with the out-of-touch communications of George III and his ministers in London.

Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution [book review]
Author Richard Beeman spent 40 years researching American Constitution and 4 years writing it. It took far less time for the "plain, honest men" to craft the historic document that faced obstacles at every turn.

New Jersey State Archives restores 5,400 Revolutionary War documents
Historic documents restored at Philadelphia conservation center tell stories of patriots who fell in battle, of loyalist spies, and of large armies from both sides that looted farms.

Revolutionary War ends April 15, 1783
On April 15, 1783, the Continental Congress signed preliminary articles of peace, but the French pressured the Americans to make a package deal that would also end France`s hostilities with Great Britain.

Secrets of the Great Seal of the United States revealed
The symbols of the Great Seal of the United States - like the all-seeing eye and the unfinished pyramid - have been misidentified and misunderstood since the Continental Congress first ordered the Seal in 1776.

Copy of the Declaration of Independence sold for $693,500
For decades, the Shrewsbury Historical Society argued what to do with an poster-sized copy of the Declaration of Independence, ending up keeping it locked in a safe, until recently they decided to sell it, expecting $70,000.

July 4th and how it all started - Declaration of Independence Timeline
Concise Declaration of Independence Timeline covering the major events.

War records reveal America's past and military history
Military records - draft cards, photographs, POW records and news reels - of 90 million Americans who have fought in wars from the 1600s are now online, available at

Rare copies of three Revolutionary War-era documents lost
Rare copies of 3 Revolutionary War-era documents that formed the basis for the Constitution have vanished and are presumed lost or stolen after they were mailed to the lawyer for a wealthy Manhattan collector. Dorothy Tapper Goldman filed suit against her lawyer for $1.18 million, claiming he lost her copy of "The Federalist Papers," "The Quartering Act" and "The Address and Reasons of Dissent." The papers were loaned to the National Constitution Center for its opening on July 4, 2003 and returned on April 8, 2005.

Earliest official copy of Declaration identified at state archives
"This is certainly one for the history books," exclaimed Secretary of State Karen Handel, announcing that an employee at the Georgia Archives has identified the earliest known official copy of the Declaration of Independence recorded in the State of Georgia. Greg Jarrell was looking for information to help a patron locate her Revolutionary War ancestor when he noticed a unique index entry: Declaration of the Independence of the United States. "I tracked down the original book and turned to the page and found that it was the Declaration as officially recorded by the state in 1777."

Declaration took several weeks to arrive down south
Today's information highway allows for instant communication all around the globe. So imagine waiting for news, like word of your colony's emancipation from its tyrannical, tea-taxing mother country. Such was the anxious wait by colonists in the Carolinas in general as "express riders" on horseback braved dark woods and narrow paths to deliver copies of our country's most important document after its signing on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. Roads, mail routes and paths into the southern colonies from places like Philadelphia were inhospitable and hard to navigate. In many instances, they were old Indian trails or trading paths.

Top 5 Myths About the Fourth of July
#1 Independence Was Declared on the Fourth of July -- America's independence was actually declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. So what happened on the Glorious Fourth? The document justifying the act of Congress-you know it as Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence-was adopted on the fourth. John Adams, writing a letter home the day after independence was declared (i.e. July 3), predicted that from then on "the Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival."