History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special

In which John Green teaches you a bit about the 4th of July. In this special short Crash Course, John celebrates American Independence Day by teaching you how the holiday came to be on the 4th of July, and the many ways that Americans celebrate the day. This is a little different than the normal Crash Course episode, so be prepared. Also, THERE IS A HOT DOG EATING CONTEST, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TerBQVEBlFE Support CrashCourse on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crashcourse

Hey teachers and students – Check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. FFamous abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass ponders the history of the Fourth of July in the context of ongoing slavery in his famous “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Speech: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july