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Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It has played an important role in American history.


Liberty Bell

Philadelphias most popular tourist attraction is the Liberty Bell. Between 1753 and 1828 the bell hung in Philadelphias State House (now Independence Hall) and was rung on special Ereignisseoccasions, for example on the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.

For a long time, the bell was only known as the State House Bell. In 1839, however, it was erwähntmentioned in a hier: Flugblattpamphlet called The Liberty Bell and so, daher, deshalbthus became a symbol of freedom and is now known as the Liberty Bell.

Liberty Bell

There is a poem about the bell that American pupils learn at school. It is called Independence Bell.

Grammar Exercise on the Text

British and American English

On our tour around the US, you have probably noticed some words that are rather typical for American English. Do you know the British English equivalents? (Sometimes they are only spelt in a different way, sometimes there is a completely different expression used.) The first one is given as an example.


amerikanisches Englisch britisches Englisch
July 4, 1776
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