The nights are long, the kids are out of school, and the temperatures are rising here in California. Summer is here, and so is the Fourth of July. While Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with parades, picnics, and the ceremonial hoisting of explosives into the sky, it’s also a day for community and sharing – in other words, a perfect time for open access scholarship!
Digital Commons subscribers have published a variety of interesting research on the Revolutionary War, the Founding Fathers, and the early years of the USA. The American History and American Studies Commons in the Digital Commons Network are great places to start, or jump right into scholarship about Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams or Benjamin Franklin
Want a more nostalgic take on the Fourth? Check out this history of Independence Day celebrations in Rhode Island, or read this dissertation about 19th century independence celebrations in the Midwest. Also, be sure to check out these patriotic posters from the Bangor Public Library’s WWI collection.
Finally, if things go terribly wrong at your Fourth of July fireworks celebration, you may need this article from the Washington & Lee Law Review on the Fifth.
From all of us at bepress, have a happy (and safe) Fourth of July!