Jul. 4, 2000
Stars and Stripes Forever
Itís writer Nathaniel Hawthorneís birthday, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 1804. In 1848, he was in his mid-40s with a family to feed; faced with bankruptcy he wrote The Scarlet Letter in about two months, which made him wealthy and the countryís best-known novelist.
They broke ground on this day in 1817 for the Erie Canal, to link the Great Lakes with New York City via the Hudson River.
Henry David Thoreau left his home in Concord, Massachusetts, on this day in 1845, when he was twenty-eight years old, to take up residence in a little cabin heíd built on Ralph Waldo Emersonís land on Walden Pond.
The first edition of Walt Whitmanís Leaves of Grass came out on this day in 1855. Whitman had had no luck finding a publisher, so he brought the book out himself. He left his name off the cover, and put his own portrait on instead.
Itís Independence Day, the anniversary of the day in 1776 that the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.
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