U.S. Symbols: Liberty Bell
These sites focus on one of the nation’s most famous symbols, the Liberty Bell. Learn the history of the symbol, its significance, and meaning. Maps, photos, an audio clip, a quiz, a video and a lesson plan are included. There are links to eThemes resources on National Symbols, Declaration of Independence, and Independence Day.
The Liberty Bell
Explore more about the history surrounding this american symbol of freedom, including: its role in the founding, early days, becoming a symbol, traveling icon of freedom, park service administration, replicas and popular culture, and its inscription.
NOTE: This site includes ads.
NOTE: This site has a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
The Liberty Bell: A Symbol of Freedom Video
This video tells the history and importance of the Liberty Bell. (Total Running Time: 4:26)
NOTE: This site includes a discussion board. (forum, message board, etc.)
Liberty Bell Center
Learn about visiting the Liberty Bell, about the Bell's message, how it was cracked, and how it was named.
Symbols of U.S. Government: the Liberty Bell
Read an overview and history of the Liberty Bell. Learn when and where it was first built and repaired, and where it currently housed.
The Liberty Bell
This site provides detailed information about the Liberty Bell including history, facts, quotes, cracks, and traveling route of the bell cross country. Map, photos, a timeline, and quiz are included. NOTE: This site has a link that leads to a guestbook.
This site provides brief information about the original site of the Liberty Bell.
The Liberty Bell: From Obscurity to Icon
This lesson plan helps to understand the influences that shaped the symbolic meaning of the bell and how it was transformed into an international symbol of liberty. This site is appropriate for older students.
Moving the Liberty Bell
See video clips of how the Liberty Bell was moved to new location.
eThemes Resource: National Symbols
Learn about the American national symbols such as the Bald Eagle, Liberty Bell, American Flag, National Anthem, and what these symbols mean to the nation. Learn the history of the symbols, their use, and meaning. Includes online games, worksheets, and quizzes. There is a link to eThemes resource on the American flag.
eThemes Resource: Historic Documents: Declaration of Independence
Read Thomas Jefferson's drafts and final version of the Declaration of Independence and see an image of the original document. Includes biographies on the signers, plus paintings that depict the scene. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on the Revolutionary War where you can learn about the events that led up to the signing.
eThemes Resource: Holiday: Independence Day
These sites have information about the history of Independence Day. There are many online games, crafts, and activity ideas. Listen to patriotic music, create your own fireworks show, and download free patriotic clip art. Includes links to eThemes Resources on the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence, and citizenship.