A Fourth of July Tale
I've always been annoyed by blind nationalism, especially as it becomes more pronounced around July 4th. Nonetheless, I found that old The Price They Paid tale that supposedly describes the fate of the signers of the Declaration of Independence quite stirring.
Thanks to Eric, over at Sohum Parlance, for the heads up that The Price They Paid isn't quite the way things happened. Here's Snope's review of the story.