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Fourth of July: Nine Myths Debunked

Many stories of U.S. independence turn out to be more Fourth of July fiction than fact—and National Treasure isn't the only culprit.
Lisa May
Lisa May • 2 years ago

Thomas Jefferson (left), Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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