Author: Michael C. Harris
Release Date: 2016-05-10
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Step back in time to the birth of America and meet the real-life rebels who made this country free! On a hot summer day near Philadelphia in 1776, Thomas Jefferson sat at his desk and wrote furiously until early the next morning. He was drafting the Declaration of Independence, a document that would sever this country's ties with Britain and announce a new nation—The United States of America. Colonists were willing to risk their lives for freedom, and the Declaration of Independence made that official. Discover the true story of one of the most radical and uplifting documents in history and follow the action that fueled the Revolutionary War.
What are the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution? They're important documents that helped to shape our country. But what's the story behind how these documents were created? And what exactly do they say? Read this book to find out.
Pauline Maier shows us the Declaration as both the defining statement of our national identity and the moral standard by which we live as a nation. It is truly "American Scripture," and Maier tells us how it came to be -- from the Declaration's birth in the hard and tortuous struggle by which Americans arrived at Independence to the ways in which, in the nineteenth century, the document itself became sanctified. Maier describes the transformation of the Second Continental Congress into a national government, unlike anything that preceded or followed it, and with more authority than the colonists would ever have conceded to the British Parliament; the great difficulty in making the decision for Independence; the influence of Paine's Common Sense, which shifted the terms of debate; and the political maneuvers that allowed Congress to make the momentous decision. In Maier's hands, the Declaration of Independence is brought close to us. She lets us hear the voice of the people as revealed in the other "declarations" of 1776: the local resolutions -- most of which have gone unnoticed over the past two centuries -- that explained, advocated, and justified Independence and undergirded Congress's work. Detective-like, she discloses the origins of key ideas and phrases in the Declaration and unravels the complex story of its drafting and of the group-editing job which angered Thomas Jefferson. Maier also reveals what happened to the Declaration after the signing and celebration: how it was largely forgotten and then revived to buttress political arguments of the nineteenth century; and, most important, how Abraham Lincoln ensured its persistence as a living force in American society. Finally, she shows how by the very act of venerating the Declaration as we do -- by holding it as sacrosanct, akin to holy writ -- we may actually be betraying its purpose and its power. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: David Armitage
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Release Date: 2009-06-30
Not only did the Declaration announce the entry of the United States onto the world stage, it became the model for other countries to follow. This unique global perspective demonstrates the singular role of the United States document as a founding statement of our modern world.
How long is four score and seven years? Just what are unalienable rights? These translations make important historical documents meaningful. Each book translates the work of a primary source into a language you can understand.
Author: Carl L. Becker
Release Date: 2013-05-08
The Declaration of Independence Carl L. Becker's important study is an analysis of the concepts expressed in the Declaration. Here is a lucid explanation of what the Declaration really is, what views it sets forth, where those views arose, and how they have been accepted or modified by succeeding generations. A book that every American should read.
In this book, kids will sit in the same room with Jefferson as he frets over the best words to convey his message. They will stand in line with the great American patriots as they ink their signatures on the parchment. And they will cheer with the crowds of colonists as the founding fathers read aloud one of the most cherished documents-the Declaration of Independence! This educational book includes: A Timeline of Events A Declaration of Freedom The French and Indian War Brits Won't Quit! John Locke's New Idea! Mason's Declaration What Does the Declaration Mean Today? Fourth of July Glossary This fun-filled activity book includes: Practice writing your John Hancock Locate French and British Forts Number the Events in Order Answer the Questions Matching Crossword Puzzle Word Search And Much More!
Discusses the history of the Declaration of Independence, the people responsible for drafting it, and what the text states, in addition to exploring how conservators in the National Archives have repaired the original document.
Author: Owen Anderson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release Date: 2015-09-18
'Self-evident truths' was a profound concept used by the drafters of the American Declaration of Independence to insist on their rights and freedom from oppressive government. How did this Enlightenment notion of self-evident human rights come to be used in this historic document and what is its true meaning? In The Declaration of Independence and God, Owen Anderson traces the concept of a self-evident creator through America's legal history. Starting from the Declaration of Independence, Anderson considers both challenges to belief in God from thinkers like Thomas Paine and American Darwinists, as well as modifications to the concept of God by theologians like Charles Finney and Paul Tillich. Combining history, philosophy and law in a unique focus, this book opens exciting new avenues for the study of America's legal history.
Open the pages of this book to get an inside look at the Declaration of Independence. Find out how the Declaration of Independence came about, what the Declaration contains, and the significance of the document. In this book you will also discover: who wrote the Declaration of Independence; how the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War are related; and the travels of the Declaration.