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Rolling Road

In this image provided by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, a tobacco rolling road in Northern Virginia, 1760. (AP Photo/U.S. Bureau of Public Roads)

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American Revolutionary War 1770

This is a scene from the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770, in which British troops fired their muskets on civilians, killing five of them, and sparked the American Revolution. (AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War 1770

British troops fire at colonists in Boston, Mass., in the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770. Five colonists were killed. It is believed that this incident spurred the American Revolution. (AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War 1770

British troops fire at colonists in Boston, Mass., in the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770. Five colonists were killed. It is believed that this incident spurred the American Revolution. (AP Photo)

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American Flag

In 1775 the new American fleet first flew the Grand Union Flag, which consisted of 15 stars and stripes. Until then, the British flag was used most in the English colonies until the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775. (AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War 1775

The Green Mountain Boyes of Vermont, a paramilitary group from western Vermont, wearing mismatched uniforms, are shown sailing on Lake Champlain during the Revolution, 1775. (AP Photo)

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American Revolution 1775

George Washington presents himself at head of army at Cambridge, Mass., on July 3, 1775. From Dorchester Heights, he laid siege to British in Boston. Latter evacuated city following March, taking garrison of 8,000 to New York.(AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War 1775

This painting by John Trumbull depicts the death of Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery, leader of the American invaders, shown Dec. 31, 1775, during the rebels' failed attempt at capturing Quebec City. (AP Photo)

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JOHN HANCOCK U.S. DECLARATION

This is a close up of John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence, which was formally signed by 56 members of Congress beginning Aug. 2, 1776. Hancock, representing Massachusetts, was the first to sign the document as president of the Continental Congress. (AP Photo)

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NEW YORK 1776

This general view of New York City shows a pastoral scene beside the East River in 1776. On Sept. 15, 1776, Gen. Howe, the British commander, sailed up the East River to Kips Bay, what is now 34th St., and landed 4,000 British and Hessian soldiers on Manhattan in an attempt to trap Gen. Washington and his armies. (AP Photo)

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Declaration of Independence

The rough draft of the Declaration of Independence is preserved in Washington. The draft, written by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin before adoption by the Congress.(AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War 1776

American troops at Valley Forge during bleak times in Dec. 1776 are depicted in this illustration reproduced from the Library of Congress collection (AP Photo)

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NPR Declaration Backlash

FILE - This undated file photo shows John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence, which was formally signed by 56 members of Congress beginning Aug. 2, 1776. National Public Radio marked Independence Day on July 4th, 2017, by tweeting the entire declaration, but it seems some Twitter users didn’t recognize what they were reading. Some of the founders’ criticisms of King George III were met with angry responses from supporters of President Donald Trump, who seemed to believe the tweets were a reference to the current president. Others were under the impression NPR was trying to provoke Trump with the tweets. (AP Photo, File)

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U.S. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

The committee chosen to draft a declaration of independence for the 13 North American British colonies is shown at work in this 19th century engraving. The five members are, from left, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. On July 1, 1776, the committee submitted their draft to the Continental Congress, which voted on July 2 for final separation, and approved and formally adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4. (AP Photo)

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U.S. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

This undated engraving shows the scene on July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pa. The document, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman, announces the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Great Britain. The formal signing by 56 members of Congress began on Aug. 2. (AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War 1776

This illustration from the Library of Congress collection depicts British assault troops landing at Closters and climbing up the Palisades after their crossing of the Hudson River, Nov. 19, 1776. The Americans left the landing place unguarded because they thought the Palisades unscalable, but a Tory showed the British a way up and they went on to capture Fort Lee in a surprise attack. (AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War 1776

Gen. George Washington leads his troops across the Delaware River in this painting by Emmanuel G. Leutze, Dec. 1776, during the Revolutionary War. (AP Photo)

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U.S. ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION

A copy of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, the first constitution of governing the United States, is shown in 1963. The articles were agreed to by Congress on Nov. 15, 1777. (AP Photo)

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AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR

This woodcut depicts troops of the Continental Army trudging through the snow during the winter campaign at Valley Forge during the American Revolutionary War in 1777. (AP Photo)

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WASHINGTON VALLEY FORGE

This drawing shows French military leader Marquis de Lafayette, left, as he stands by the side of General George Washington at Valley Forge encampment of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78. (AP Photo)

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American Revolutionary War Liberty Bell 1777

The Liberty Bell is removed to Allentown, Pa., for safekeeping before the British occupation of Philadelphia, 1777. (AP Photo)

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