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The History of the Independence Day Holiday

The Fourth of July commemorates colonial America’s declared independence from Great Britain. But, do you know how the Independence Day came to be a national holiday, and why it is held on July 4th?

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Mickey Mouse (at last!) in the Public Domain

As of January 1, 2024, Mickey Mouse is in the public domain—well, kind of. Mickey’s journey from the Magic Kingdom to public domain re-wrote U.S. copyright law.

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Saving The World: The History of the First Earth Day 

Before 1970, most Americans weren’t aware that anything was wrong with the environment. That all changed in 1970, when activists across the country came together for Earth Day, which became the largest one-day protest in all of world history.

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The Ratification of the Bill of Rights

December 15 marks Bill of Rights Day, commemorating the 1791 ratification of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights. However, crafting a Bill of Rights was highly controversial at the time.

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The Infamy of the Dred Scott Decision

Dred Scott v. Sandford, a Supreme Court decision made in 1857, is largely regarded as one of the most infamous decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. This case determined that people of Black African descent were not entitled to U.S. citizenship.

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The History of Hawai‘i: How a Kingdom Became a State

The wildfires that ravaged the Hawai‘ian island of Maui and completely destroyed the city of Lahaina last month have rekindled conversations about the controversial history of how Hawai‘i came to be an American state in the first place.

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The History of Minimum Wage in the United States

Millions of Americans struggle to make ends meet, working multiple jobs to make up for the fact that the federal minimum wage has not kept up with the rate of inflation. However, it hasn’t always been difficult to live off of a minimum wage job.

Forever Wild: The History of the Adirondack Park

New York State’s Adirondack Park is the largest state park outside of Alaska, consisting of six million acres of protected land in Upstate New York. Since 1892, these lands have been protected as “forever wild” by the New York State Constitution.

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