History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special

In which John Green teaches you a bit about the 4th of July. In this special short Crash Course, John celebrates American Independence Day by teaching you how the holiday came to be on the 4th of July, and the many ways that Americans celebrate the day. This is a little different than the normal Crash Course episode, so be prepared. Also, THERE IS A HOT DOG EATING CONTEST, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TerBQVEBlFE Support CrashCourse on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crashcourse

Hey teachers and students – Check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. FFamous abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass ponders the history of the Fourth of July in the context of ongoing slavery in his famous “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Speech: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july


22 Comments on “History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special”

  1. always ask why you do what you do! for example Halloween, Sunday worship, valatines day, Easter…surprise!

  2. I knew it! So the colonies stood up!
    Long story to trek till this point. . . . .. .. maybe we do ought to show our respect!.. enough with the hail-fireworks. Raise the flag. No shame. Minority like myself don't have the least of it.. Everyone is a freaking minority! The Irish are still considered a minority. The Italians and the Polish are still considered minority.
    FOR HEAVEN SAKES! WHO THE HELL IS NOT A MINORITY!? Britain may be our biggest Ally. We do love the fools

  3. Gov't 101 – White is black, black is white. Independence Day, the day we celebrate our enslavement to the axis of evil on the Potomac. Rome, the City of London and Tel Aviv.

  4. I need more Fireworks within- "…the first thing is to have the soul free. And you must be very happy to have attained spiritual freedom on the same day when you attained physical freedom." "..,in the same way you will be free from all passionate desires and human inclinations." ~ Baha'i Quote

  5. I'm related to John Adams, and it seems that the only thing he was good at was predicting at how America would party.

  6. I don't know if anyone has mentioned it yet, but James Monroe, not James Madison, died on July 4th, 1831.

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