The Story Behind the Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

That’s just an excerpt of the Star Spangled Banner, the USA’s national anthem. Watch this video to know the story behind the anthem, and learn more about America’s history.

Presidents Rap (from Washington to Obama)

Here’s a creative way to remember the different presidents of the United States.

To list them all:

  • George Washington
  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Martin Van Buren
  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • James K. Polk
  • Zachary Taylor
  • Millard Fillmore
  • Franklink Pierce
  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • James A. Garfield
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • William McKinley
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • William Howard Taft
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren G. Harding
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • Gerald FOrd
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Raegan
  • George H. W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Barack Obama

The National Museum of American History

When in D.C. don’t forget to drop by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. You’ll get to see how America became the great country it is today. The museum features artifacts from past wars to present, as well as collections from America’s different contributions to the world. You can even have a taste of different American foods.

Here’s a brief history about the National Museum:

The museum opened in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology. It was one of the last structures designed by the renowned architectural firm McKim Mead & White. In 1980, the museum was renamed the National Museum of American History to represent its mission of the collection, care, study, and interpretation of objects that reflect the experience of the American people. (from Wikipedia)

The History of the 4th Of July


I found this interesting video series on Youtube that offers a crash course on the history of America. This one video in particular talks about how USA’s Independence Day (or 4th of July) came to be.

To quote the video:

..the Continental Congress actually approved the resolution of independence on July 2nd.

The Lee resolution was proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia in june of 1776 and was a simple legal declaration of separation from England. John Adams was so excited about it that he wrote to his wife Abigail, “the second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epoche in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations – from one end of this continent to the other – from this time forward forevermore.”