The Declaration of Independence Read by Thespians: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, Renee Zellweger & More

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Somewhere along the line today, take a break from the festivities and remind yourself what we’re actually celebrating here in America — the signing of America’s founding document 239 years ago. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence remains perhaps the best statement of our country’s aspirations.


2,200 Radical Political Posters Digitized: A New Archive

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I recently heard someone say his college-bound nephew asked him, “What’s a union?” Whether you love unions, loathe them, or remain indifferent, the fact that an ostensibly educated young person might have such a significant gap in their knowledge should cause concern.


Venice in Beautiful Color Images 125 Years Ago: The Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace & More

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A few months ago, Mental Floss put up a post of “Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland.” Fantastic pictures indeed, although the nature of the technology that produced them seems as interesting to me as the 19th-century Irish life captured in the images themselves.


Artist Turns 24-Volume Encyclopedia Britannica Set into a Beautifully Carved Landscape

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Not too long ago, an older relative tried to donate the Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia he’d owned since boyhood to a local charity shop, but they refused to take it.
What an ignominious end to an institution that had followed him for seven decades and twice as many moves.


Hear Johnny Cash Deliver Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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Four score and seven years ago…
It goes on from there.
If you’re a bit rusty on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, listen to singer Johnny Cash recite the famously brief speech in its entirety, above, from his America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song album.


1.5 Million Slavery Era Documents Will Be Digitized, Helping African Americans to Learn About Their Lost Ancestors

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The Freedmen’s Bureau Project — a new initiative spearheaded by the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — will make available online 1.


Discovered: The Only Known Picture of Vincent Van Gogh as an Adult Artist? (Maybe, Maybe Not)

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Close your eyes for a moment and picture the artist Vincent Van Gogh. What do you see?
Probably one of the prolific post-Impressionist’s self-portraits.


The Art of The Black Panthers: A Short Documentary on the Revolutionary Artist Emory Douglas

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Known as the Revolutionary Artist by his fellow Black Panthers and officially titled their Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas provided the striking visuals and designed the layout to the newspaper that bore the organization’s name when it premiered in 1967.


The Staggering Human Cost of World War II Visualized in a Creative, New Animated Documentary

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“More people died in World War II than any other war in history,” explains Neil Halloran in The Fallen of World War II.


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