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The Declaration Of Independence

Author: Debra J. Housel
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
ISBN: 9781433392047
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This script allows students to travel back in time to when the Declaration of Independence was written. They will experience the thoughts and feelings of the writers as they create a document that changed the world.

American Scripture

Author: Pauline Maier
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307791955
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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.

The Declaration Of Independence In Translation

Author: Amie Jane Leavitt
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1515791378
Size: 41.65 MB
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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.

Documents Of Freedom

Author: Gwenyth Swain
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 1541505050
Size: 72.51 MB
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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.

The Declaration Of Independence

Author: United States
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780439407007
Size: 15.55 MB
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The text of the Declaration of Independence is accompanied by engaging illustrations meant to help explain the meaning of this important document.

Jefferson S Masterpiece

Author: Dennis Parker
Publisher: Dennis Parker
ISBN: 1450536026
Size: 34.68 MB
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Tells how the Declaration of Independence was written, edited, approved and signed by the fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress. It allows the reader to experience what took place between June 11 and August 2, 1776 - Jefferson's work on the Declaration and his daily activities, the proceedings of Congress, and the military conflict between America's Continental Army and the British military.

Understanding The Declaration Of Independence

Author: James Wolfe
Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 0766068757
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The Declaration of Independence became the cornerstone document of our democratic nation. But why was it written? What influenced its author, Thomas Jefferson, and what made it so revolutionary? Discover how this document shaped the foundation of a nation, and how it continues to influence American government today.