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Woody Holton

Woody Holton

Woody Holton is a history professor at the University of South Carolina. He teaches early American history, especially the American Revolution, with a focus on economic history and on African Americans, Native Americans, and women. His 2009 book, "Abigail Adams," won the Bancroft Prize.

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The Declaration of Independence wasn’t really complaining about King George, and 5 other surprising facts for July Fourth

By: - July 4, 2021

Editor’s note: In celebration of the United States’ 245th birthday, historian Woody Holton offers six surprising facts about the nation’s founding document — including that it failed to achieve its most immediate goal and that its meaning has changed from the founding to today. Ordinary Americans played a big role The Declaration of Independence was […]