America has many symbols that represent her ideas, independence, and freedom.
Sample some of the following activities to learn more about symbols of liberty.
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The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about symbols of liberty.
Boston may be best known for the Boston Tea party during the revolutionary war. However, it was also the home to the ride of Paul Revere and other historic events leading up to the birth of a new nation.
You may have heard about the Star Spangled Banner. Have you heard about why it was written and where? Find the answers by learning about this historic place in Baltimore, Maryland.
Visit the place where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. Independence Hall was even used by congress until the capitol building was finished in Washington, D.C.
This city is known as the start of the revolution. Find out why by reading about this historic city and "the shot heard round the world."
Virtually visit the Statue of Liberty, one of the most recognizable statues in the word and a worldwide symbol of freedom. The statue is 152 feet high and weighs 225 tons.
The United States Capitol is a historic and important legislative building. It actually was set on fire during a war. Which one was it? Also, find out which side of the building houses the Senate and which side is home to the House of Representatives.
Travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and see the Liberty Bell. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about its famous crack.
Many monuments have been built to help remember those who have served our county. Several have been built to remember those who died during different Wars. Each monument is stirring and gives time to think about what we have in America.
Check out all the different monuments and buildings in the Washington D.C. area. You can read about the history surrounding each one and find out why each one had people who didn't want them built.
Have you ever wanted to visit the White House? Well, here is your chance. With videos of several famous rooms as well as 360 degree pictures you can get a first hand look at the beauty of this historic building. For information about visiting The White House in person, please see the National Park Service.
Find out about the endangered history of this national symbol. Bald eagle populations were devastated in the 1950s and 60s from use of the pesticide DDT. (Did you know that Ben Franklin felt that the turkey should be our national symbol?)
Spend some time with Betsy Ross and find out if she really sewed the first U.S. flag.
Emma Lazarus wrote the poem "The New Colossus" which is inscribed on a plaque on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Find out more about Emma Lazarus. Her famous poem was not added to the Statue of Liberty until 1901 which was after Emma's death.
Meet Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. He began constructing the statue in 1875 and finished in 1884. His mother, Charlotte, may have been the model for the Statue of Liberty. The statue was shipped in 350 individual boxes and pieces on the French frigate Isere in 1885.
Julia Ward Howe was the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. She wrote it in November of 1861 after watching Union troops going off to battle. It was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in February of 1862. Julia Ward Howe was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. It was originally published in the September 8, 1892, issue of The Youth's Companion magazine in Boston. For many years, the author of the pledge was highly disputed. Many felt that James B. Upham, another member of the magazine staff had written it.
Meet Red Skelton. He was a radio and TV comedian of the 1950s and 60s. Read his commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance.
Learn how the donkey became the symbol of the Democratic party. It has to do with Andrew Jackson and Thomas Nast. Have students research how the elephant became the symbol of the Republican party.
Find out if it's okay to fly the flag at night.
Learn about historic and current flags of America.
Try your luck at flag trivia. What is a person who studies flags called?
Learn all about this famous bell. It is about 70% copper and it weighs 2080 pounds. In 1996, there was a Liberty Bell hoax associated with a fast food chain. Did you realize that every state has an official replica of the Liberty Bell? Find out where Utah's replica is located.
Check out this live, web cam photo of the Statue of Liberty. This web cam is located on the 27th floor of an office building about two miles from Liberty Island. The bridge in the distance is the Bayonne Bridge.
Learn about the British character, John Bull and compare him to our Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam's origins go back to the War of 1812!
Discover how the U.S. flag got the nickname of Old Glory.
Find out how to say the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish, French, Dutch, and Hindi.
Find out about the origins of the Pledge of Allegiance.
See actual images of the REAL star-spangled banner--the one that waved over Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key wrote the song.
Look at unique perspectives of this famous statue. See the original torch which was replaced during the statue's major renovation in the 1980s and images of the spiral staircase which visitors can climb to the top. Visitors must climb 354 steps to reach the crown of the statue. Once in the crown, there are 25 windows which symbolize 25 gemstones found in the earth. The seven rays of the statue's crown represent the seven seas and the seven continents of the world.
- Symbols of America
- Why Do We Have an American Flag?
- Stars and Stripes Forever: Flag Facts for Flag Day
- Oh, Say, Can You See What the Start Spangled Banner Means?
- The Statue of Liberty: The Meaning and Use of a National Symbol
- The Statue of Liberty: Bringing the 'New Colossus' to America
- The Liberty Bell: From Obscurity to Icon
- Footsteps to Liberty: A Journal Journey
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- Doherty, Craig A. The Statue of Liberty. Woodbridge, Conn.: Blackbirch Press, 1997.
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- Herman, John. Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, c1998.
- Kent, Deborah. The Star-Spangled Banner. Chicago: Childrens Press, c1995.
- Penner, Lucille Recht. The Statue of Liberty. New York: Random House, c1996.
- Quiri, Patricia Ryon. The American Flag. New York: Children's Press, c1998.
- Quiri, Patricia Ryon. The National Anthem. New York: Children's Press, c1998.
- Sakurai, Gail. The Liberty Bell. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1996.
- Sorensen, Lynda. The American Eagle. Vero Beach, FL.: Rourke Book Co., c1994.
- Sorensen, Lynda. The American Flag. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke Book Co., c1994.
- Stone, Tanya Lee. America's Top Ten National Monuments. Woodbridge, Conn.: Blackbirch Press, c1998.
- Swanson, June. I Pledge Allegiance. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, c1990.
- Wilson, Jon. The American Eagle: The Symbol of America. Chanhassen, MN: Child's World, c1999.
- Wilson, Jon. The Liberty Bell: The Sounds of Freedom. Chanhassen, MN: Child's World, c1999.