The ultimate July 4 challenge: Test your knowledge of early American history

Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 8:50 p.m. MDT

Associated Press
How much do you know about early American history?

Test your knowledge of the people, places and events surrounding July 4, 1776, and America's founding.
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DONNACO
Oroville, WA

What a fun way to review history and learn. Thank you!

Hi
Huntington Beach, CA

Great Quiz. Loved doing it. Some of those I don't remember learning, but I did know more than 3/4 of them.

hughcpa
Encinitas, CA

Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death." NO ONE ever spoke those words; they were written into the mouth of Patrick Henry by William Wirt in his book, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry. Thomas Jefferson, a friend of Wirt, considered the book a work of fiction.

airliner
Salt Lake City, UT

@Hughcpa, you seem quite certain that Henry never uttered those words.

Interesting reference to Wirt. The Liberty or Death speach was popularized by William Wirt - who, as you mentioned, wrote a biography of Henry in 1817. It is not known if minutes were taken at this convention or if Henry spoke from prepared notes. How, then, did Wirt reconstruct the content and style of the speaches attributed to Henry, or were his writings, as you have strongly claimed, works of fiction?

One way he did so was by corresponding with people who remembered Henry and who were there during these events. Thomas Jefferson was one such correspondent, and many of the letters between Jefferson and Wirt have been preserved. About Henry, Jefferson said that he "through a long and active life had been the idol of his country beyond any man who ever lived." Another correspondent was a Judge Winston, who had married Henry's widow. Wirt also obtained information about Henry from newspapers (from 1763 on) and court documents.

Patrick Henry was much more than a spirited orator. Here's a guy who became a lawyer at 24 and within a couple years had successfully argued one of the most notable case in the state of the era (the Parson's Cause). At the age of 28 was arguing the case for expanded sufferage before the Virginia House of Burgesses. At the age of 29 was one of the very few non-aristocrats elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses and, and a freshman member, immediately led the successful Stamp Act resistance in that body. By age 40 he was the Colony's first non royal appointed governor.

Then again, as we examine history, how many accounts are truly accurate? Did Paul Revere's midnight ride occur as we have leaned?

Hugh, enjoy your weekend. I hope that we all can agree that great sacrifices were made for this land.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

We do have taxation without representation today. A legal alien, for example, that has a work US visa pays taxes, but does not get to vote.

We have a nominal representation for those who are US citizens. Sure if you do not like a certain tax or how your taxes are spent you could write to your representative. He will send you a letter of response saying he feels for you, but even if he has the best of intentions he alone cannot do much about it. With the technology available to us today I think we can do better than that. Those who pay taxes should be able to have a more direct say in how the money is spent. At least part of the federal and state budget could be voted on online with the vote limited to those who actually pay the taxes that go into those budgets.

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