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Why Was the Declaration of Independence Written?

Why Was the Declaration of Independence Written?
The Declaration of Independence served as one of the foundations of the United States. It marked the liberation of the country from the rule of the British Empire. Furthermore, it also helped in the establishment of several independent colonies that will then merge and become the United States of America. Let’s look back at U.S. history and learn why the Declaration of Independence was written. The Reason for Writing the Declaration of Independence Why was the Declaration of Independence written? The primary reason why Thomas Jefferson and company wrote this document was to explain and announce the decision of the U.S. to be separated from Britain. Because the country was then under British rule for some time, this all-important document was written to justify its independence from the...

Why is the Flag Called Old Glory?

Why is the Flag Called Old Glory?
There is no single meaning attached to the US flag. From the colors to the stars, every piece of the flag has meaning. Even its monikers have significance. Why is it Called Old Glory? It was Captain Stephen Driver (Massachusetts) who christened the flag as such in 1831. As he was about to board his ship, Driver took with him the 24 star flag his mother made. As it was hoisted up, he said, “Old glory!” The nickname stuck and all other subsequent flags became known by that name. He returned in 1837 to Tennessee. He kept it hidden under his bed so it wouldn’t get destroyed. In 1852, Driver went to the state capitol and the flag was raised up. In this respect, the meaning of the US flag denotes triumph against adversity. What the Stars and Colors Signify The stars symbolize the states,...

Why Did Lincoln Write the Gettysburg Address?

Why Did Lincoln Write the Gettysburg Address?
As president of the U.S. during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address as part of an important ceremony to dedicate a cemetery for deceased soldiers. This carefully written speech became a highly significant and symbolic piece in U.S. history. It clearly redefined the Union’s participation in the war, which posed as a major challenge to a politically unstable country. Let’s have a look back at history and learn why Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address. The Purpose for Writing the Gettysburg Address Why did Lincoln write the Gettysburg Address? Because of the massive death toll caused by the Civil War, Lincoln needed to make the people understand the real purpose and reason for fighting. During the public address that he delivered at the dedication of the...

Why Was the Eiffel Tower Built?

Why Was the Eiffel Tower Built?
The history of the Eiffel Tower will show just how unique it was. Unlike some of the other towering structures of the time, this one was built for no other reason than to stand out. The 1889 World Fair To mark the bicentennial of the Revolution, local officials decided to hold the World Fair to showcase French talent and creativity. Among the ideas tossed around involved creating a tower. The structure however, wasn’t supposed to endure. The idea was to make the tower for the expo and afterwards it would be taken down. In fact it was suggested that the design should allow for its easy dismantling. Gustave Eiffel The history of the Eiffel Tower began with the man who bears its name. At the time, he was working on a tower design. He first presented it to officials in Barcelona, Spain....

Why Did They Build the Brooklyn Bridge?

Why Did They Build the Brooklyn Bridge?
The history of the Brooklyn Bridge is more than an example of the engineering skills of people. It’s also a story of determination, of how they were able to overcome any struggles and early obstacles. Beginnings The idea of building a suspension bridge was proposed in 1857. That year the proposal to create one was sent to Congress. The goal was to construct it just over the East River. The plan was to extend it all the way to Brooklyn. However it was only in 1866 when the plans were officially given to John Roebling and Wilhelm Hildenbrand. The Congress approved of their plans. Two years later the New York Bridge Company was created and the history of the Brooklyn Bridge would properly commence. In 1869 the plan was sent to President Ulysses Grant, who approved it. Construction In 1869...