American Scripture

Making the Declaration of Independence
Author: Pauline Maier
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307791955
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 672
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.

Inventing America

Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
Author: Garry Wills
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385542836
Category: History
Page: 398
View: 6216
From one of America's foremost historians, Inventing America compares Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence with the final, accepted version, thereby challenging many long-cherished assumptions about both the man and the document. Although Jefferson has long been idealized as a champion of individual rights, Wills argues that in fact his vision was one in which interdependence, not self-interest, lay at the foundation of society. "No one has offered so drastic a revision or so close or convincing an analysis as Wills has . . . The results are little short of astonishing" —(Edmund S. Morgan, New York Review of Books)

The Declaration of Independence

Fourteen Hundred Words of Freedom
Author: Debra J. Housel
Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
ISBN: 0743905393
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 20
View: 2282
In this Spanish-translated script, travel back in time to when the Declaration of Independence was written. Students will act out the roles of the writers, experiencing the thoughts and feelings they had while creating this revolutionary document. This script includes roles written at various reading levels, allowing teachers to implement differentiation and English language learner strategies into their instruction. This feature allows teachers to assign each role based on their students' individual reading levels, encouraging everyone to get involved in the same activity. Whether students are struggling or proficient readers, they can all gain confidence in their reading fluency and feel successful. By performing together, students will also practice interacting cooperatively, reading aloud, and using expressive voices and gestures while storytelling. With an accompanying poem and song to give readers additional fluency practice, this script is a dynamic resource sure to engage a classroom of varied readers.

The Declaration of Independence

A Global History
Author: David Armitage
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674022829
Category: History
Page: 300
View: 3639
In a stunningly original look at the American Declaration of Independence, David Armitage reveals the document in a new light: through the eyes of the rest of the world. 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. Armitage examines the Declaration as a political, legal, and intellectual document, and is the first to treat it entirely within a broad international framework. He shows how the Declaration arose within a global moment in the late eighteenth century similar to our own. He uses over one hundred declarations of independence written since 1776 to show the influence and role the U.S. Declaration has played in creating a world of states out of a world of empires. He discusses why the framers' language of natural rights did not resonate in Britain, how the document was interpreted in the rest of the world, whether the Declaration established a new nation or a collection of states, and where and how the Declaration has had an overt influence on independence movements--from Haiti to Vietnam, and from Venezuela to Rhodesia. Included is the text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and sample declarations from around the world. An eye-opening list of declarations of independence since 1776 is compiled here for the first time. This unique global perspective demonstrates the singular role of the United States document as a founding statement of our modern world.

Declaration of Independence

Author: Thomas Jefferson
Publisher: Booklassic
ISBN: 9635235062
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
View: 9863
The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, announcing that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution

Author: Richard Beeman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101603682
Category: Political Science
Page: 176
View: 6743
What is the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court really allowed to do? This unique and handy guide includes the documents that guide our government, annotated with accessible explanations from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars. In one portable volume, with accessible annotations and modernizing commentary throughout, Richard Beeman presents The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Beeman has created a fascinating apparatus for understanding the most important document in American history—and why it’s as central in the America of today as it was in creation of the country. Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues. Whether readers are encountering these classic writings for the first time, or brushing up in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, these slim volumes will serve as a powerful and illuminating resource for scholars, students, and civic-minded citizens.

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

Author: Danielle Allen
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0871408139
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 4825
Winner of the Zócalo Book Prize Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians “A tour de force. . . . No one has ever written a book on the Declaration quite like this one.”—Gordon Wood, New York Review of Books Featured on the front page of the New York Times, Our Declaration is already regarded as a seminal work that reinterprets the promise of American democracy through our founding text. Combining a personal account of teaching the Declaration with a vivid evocation of the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, Allen, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship reveals our nation’s founding text to be an animating force that not only changed the world more than two-hundred years ago, but also still can. Challenging conventional wisdom, she boldly makes the case that the Declaration is a document as much about political equality as about individual liberty. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Our Declaration is an “uncommonly elegant, incisive, and often poetic primer on America’s cardinal text” (David M. Kennedy).

Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

Origins, Philosophy, and Theology
Author: Allen Jayne
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813148367
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 601
Allen Jayne analyzes the ideology of the Declaration of Independence -- and its implications -- by going back to the sources of Jefferson's ideas: Bolingbroke, Kames, Reid, and Locke. He concludes that the Declaration must be read as an attack on two claims of absolute authority: that of government over its subjects and of religion over the minds of men. Today's world is more secular than Jefferson's, and the importance of philosophical theology in eighteenth-century critical thought must be recognized in order to understand fully and completely the Declaration's implications. Jayne addresses this need by putting religion back into the discussion.

The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence

A Pocket Constitution
Author: Paul B. Skousen,Izzard Ink Publishing,The Founding Fathers,Tim McConnehey
Publisher: Izzard Ink Publishing
ISBN: 1630729078
Category: Political Science
Page: 102
View: 716

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

Author: Gretchen Woelfle
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
ISBN: 0761365893
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
View: 8470
"All men are born free and equal." Everybody knows about the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the founders weren't the only ones who believed that everyone had a right to freedom. Mumbet, a Massachusetts slave, believed it too. She longed to be free, but how? Would anyone help her in her fight for freedom? Could she win against her owner, the richest man in town? Mumbet was determined to try. Mumbet's Declaration of Independence tells her story for the first time in a picture book biography, and her brave actions set a milestone on the road toward ending slavery in the United States.

Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence

Author: Charles Augustus Goodrich
Publisher: N.A
Category: United States
Page: 460
View: 3899

The First American Declaration of Independence?

The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775
Author: Scott Syfert
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476612927
Category: History
Page: 260
View: 2202

The story of the Declaration of independence

Author: Dumas Malone,Hirst Dillon Milhollen,Milton Kaplan
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 6961

Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of American Independence

Author: Benson John Lossing
Publisher: Applewood Books
ISBN: 1429019557
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 392
View: 9105
Popular American historian Benson J. Lossing was a prolific writer whose ""Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of American Independence"" reads like a Who's Who of the country's earliest patriots. It reveals concise details about the more than fifty elected delegates, representing all thirteen colonies, who signed one of the most famous documents in American history. From Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock to less-remembered but equally important personages like Richard Henry Lee and Robert Morris, Lossing offers interesting facts and his own portrait engravings of the individuals who were present at the formation of the United States of America.

The Declaration of Independence

Author: United States,Thomas Jefferson,Sam Fink
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780439407007
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 160
View: 2987
The text of the Declaration of Independence is accompanied by engaging illustrations meant to help explain the meaning of this important document.

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

Author: Robert G. Ferris,Richard E. Morris
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780936478074
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 172
View: 8976

The Declaration of Independence

Author: Howard Steiner
ISBN: 110524573X
Page: 54
View: 5556
The Young Patriot's Reader series is written for parents who wish to provide their children with an appreciation of America and its history from an early age. Ensuring that our children are taught the essential lessons of our history-in the context of liberty, natural rights, limited government, and free market capitalism-is just too important to leave to chance or the school system. The Young Patriot's Reader series will build your child's reading skills while instilling the pride and sense of responsibility he or she will need to ..".secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." The Declaration of Independence volume of the series celebrates: - American Exceptionalism - The vision of the Founding Fathers - Liberty and Freedom - Unalienable Rights - The sacrifices made by the Founders - The roots of the American Revolution ...and the risks taken with "a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence "that we may now live in freedom.

How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence

Author: Paul B. Skousen
Publisher: Izzard Ink
ISBN: 9781630721084
Category: Law
Page: 204
View: 8460
Have you ever wanted to read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and really understand what they're saying? Millions of others have too. But getting a real understanding of the legal language of 200 years ago can be challenging - and as a result, few Americans know these important documents as well as they should. Recognizing this, Paul Skousen has written exactly the book you've been looking for. It's an easy, step-by-step guide that makes these documents come alive. With his help you will be able to read them with purpose, with understanding, and with clarity. Skousen provides several valuable memory aids for you to master the Constitution's seven Articles and the 27 important rights named in the Bill of Rights. You will be able to navigate through the Declaration's five power statements on freedom, and unlock their 18th century phrases with a convenient glossary. You will find the answers to ten popular myths about the Constitution, and discover how its guiding principles protect human rights. Thousands of books describe the origins of these famous documents, but only one book gives you a place to start reading them made easier in How to Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence."

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

Author: Judith St. George
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399237380
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 43
View: 2241
Presents the story of how the original document that changed the fate of the nation still exists proudly today, despite being rolled up, transported on horseback, tucked away, inproperly repaired, and kept under lock and key.

To Secure These Rights

The Declaration of Independence and Constitutional Interpretation
Author: Scott Douglas Gerber
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814730892
Category: Law
Page: 330
View: 3372
To Secure These Rights enters the fascinating--and often contentious--debate over constitutional interpretation. Scott Douglas Gerber here argues that the Constitution of the United States should be interpreted in light of the natural rights political philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and that the Supreme Court is the institution of American government that should be primarily responsible for identifying and applying that philosophy in American life. Importantly, the theory advanced in this book--what Gerber calls liberal originalism--is neither consistently liberal nor consistently conservative in the modern conception of those terms. Rather, the theory is liberal in the classic sense of viewing the basic purpose of government to be safeguarding the natural rights of individuals. As Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men. In essence, Gerber maintains that the Declaration articulates the philosophical ends of our nation and that the Constitution embodies the means to effectuate those ends. Gerber's analysis reveals that the Constitution cannot be properly understood without recourse to history, political philosophy, and law.