In heat and drought like the western U.S. and Canada are experiencing in 2021, all it takes is a spark to start a wildfire.
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Every year, the number of wildfires caused by humans spikes on Independence Day. There are safer ways to celebrate amid the heat and drought.
Fireworks shows commonly celebrate the nation’s birthday.
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A scholar of early US history celebrates the country’s 245th birthday with six under-appreciated ideas about the founding document.
Protesters against racist police violence encounter police in Washington, D.C., on May 31.
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When African Americans press 'record' to film police brutality, they are challenging a nation not to look away.
For those with PTSD, sounds from fireworks can trigger flashbacks.
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Setting off fireworks may be fun for you, but for some of your neighbors it could be a traumatic experience.
To some Americans, the figures on Mount Rushmore are patriotic leaders; to others, they’re colonizers.
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For some viewers, President Trump's July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore represented love of country. Others saw it very differently.
Washington is getting ready for Donald Trump’s big show.
The Declaration of Independence was not greeted with universal acclaim and many Americans stayed loyal to the crown.
Not as awkward as it looks.
The alignment of Independence Day and a presidential visit to Britain makes more sense than you might think.
What is the meaning of the 2,500-year old Hebrew psalm for oppressed groups?
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Frederick Douglass used the words of Psalm 137 in his famous speech, ‘What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?’ For centuries, this poem has resonated with writers and composers on how humans deal with trauma.