We hold these truths to be self-evident: Four score and seven years ago, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria sailed the ocean blue in order to form a more perfect union.

Oh wait. That’s wrong. Get your facts straight on the most patriotic day of the year with help from this slew of blogs, all packed to the brim with (accurate) American history.

1. Boston 1775
Did you know Ben Franklin had his own phonetic alphabet? He found c, j, q, w, x, and y to be “confusing.” (Ben, there is nothing confusing about the word clothing.)

Disregard the name. It is historical. Read up and regurgitate during, uh, dinner dates.

3. Threaded
Fast fact: Mrs. Lincoln’s much-coveted White House dressmaker was a former slave. Read more on this Smithsonian blog.

4. I’m Remembering!
Utterly nostalgic things from the 80s and 90s (like OshKosh B’gosh) count as American “history”… right?

Who are we missing? Tell us on Twitter at @ruelala #bloggerswelove. 

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July 4, 2013