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  1. 4 out of 5

    booklady

    Although I have read this before, it has been awhile. Many Americans confuse this with The Constitution of the United States of America. They go around talking about our rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness being in the Constitution when they are written in and were first established HERE! We as a group of ragtag colonies were a year into a long and bloody fight which would later receive the glorious name of the American Revolution when this was signed (by only one person, Alexan Although I have read this before, it has been awhile. Many Americans confuse this with The Constitution of the United States of America. They go around talking about our rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness being in the Constitution when they are written in and were first established HERE! We as a group of ragtag colonies were a year into a long and bloody fight which would later receive the glorious name of the American Revolution when this was signed (by only one person, Alexander Hamilton) on July 4, 1776. The rest signed weeks and months later. It was not until that war was over and won, that our Constitution was promulgated and ratified. In the interim, our justification for the war we waged on the mighty power of Great Britain was this document, which rarely if ever gets mentioned. It is short and primarily lists the egregious offences committed by the Crown against the colonies in an attempt to subdue them (how King George ever thought this approach would work is anyone's guess). Yet this little document is very significant, very important, unique in the history of the world. It was Lincoln's justification for many things he did to keep the country together during the Civil War. The Declaration of Independence is truly what founded our nation and has given hope to so many to draw them to our shores. Would that more Americans would read this. You do not need a little book* as I have used. It is available on line here. Know your History people! It is well-worth knowing. The short but excellent biographies at the end are well-worth reading too. My mother-in-law is very proud to note that one of her ancestors, Roger Sherman signed this important document. (Apparently, Tecumseh Sherman was from the other branch of the family.) *Picked this and a matching copy of the Constitution (which I will read next) up when we were on a vacation to DC back in 2003. Have read them both before, but need to read them often.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    This National Archives pocket-sized book is exactly what it purports to be. The Declaration of Independence with paragraph biographies of all the signers. It's a sturdy copy, but also quite short. It's good to re-read every once and while to remind ourselves what the founders of the US were thinking, and what the US ideally could represent. Nothing new, but a well made little copy. This National Archives pocket-sized book is exactly what it purports to be. The Declaration of Independence with paragraph biographies of all the signers. It's a sturdy copy, but also quite short. It's good to re-read every once and while to remind ourselves what the founders of the US were thinking, and what the US ideally could represent. Nothing new, but a well made little copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Pretty much a scathing indictment of the King of Great Britain, and then a declaration. Of independence. Nicely bound edition - picked it up at Faneuil Hall on the Freedom Trail in Boston.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Bierig

    fascinating

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie R. Herring

    It was nice to be reminded of our forefathers. Something I thought was interesting in the short biographies was the fact that only two signers freed their slaves - though it was not stated who owned any. Another interesting thing was the amount of signers that fought in the war (about a fourth), and of those, that amount that were POW!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ambers Book Club

    Good small book and a lots of information about The Declaration of Independence and short biographies of the signers I will be going back to this book to read more about them and their lives remember and a good reminder that it’s so important to be Independent and not Dependent on others.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brian Rector

    Thank you

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheldon Chau

    Historic!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Cutcher

    Great reference guide to have in my library

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    In these...rather trying political times..it is vital that citizens of any background of the United States subjectively and critically analyze the historical, political, and sociological aspects of the formation and continuing existence of the country as a source of power in this world. The Declaration of Independence arguably is the foundation document of American ideals, and whilst not exactly perfect in its execution, is a powerful source of political thought. Its creation is what makes Thoma In these...rather trying political times..it is vital that citizens of any background of the United States subjectively and critically analyze the historical, political, and sociological aspects of the formation and continuing existence of the country as a source of power in this world. The Declaration of Independence arguably is the foundation document of American ideals, and whilst not exactly perfect in its execution, is a powerful source of political thought. Its creation is what makes Thomas Jefferson such a godlike figure in the American psyche. The poetry inspires such hatred of powerful monarchies such of that of King George III. Critical interpretation can be attributed to the passage of "merciless Indian savages" as a statement of prejudice. However, in the wider context of Thomas Jeffersons beliefs towards Native Americans, this maybe more attributed to the fierce frustration of the Kings cooperation with some Native tribes in undermining the welfare of the peoples of America rather than a general statement towards the entire race. Jefferson is later quoted as having the Native peoples in an opinion of high esteem and continued to study them with fascination. This doesn't excuse the passage, but it helps bring to light the wider complexity of a situation many try to make too "black and white" in perspective. Now, in the wider context of American history, the document becomes an interesting philosophical subject when juxtaposed to the problem regarding the continuing usage of slavery, the rights of women, and the move from American isolation to the political endeavours following a similar imperialist path that the English empire took. Even King George III wasn't vilified until the taxation after the French and Indian War, which he deemed necessary after the costs of protecting the colonies of America ran so high. He allowed relative freedom comparatively to England's other colonies around the world, and opinion amongst the colonies regarding him reached levels one could label with the word love. History is complex no doubt, but at the heart of the Declaration of Independence is a humanist message that we all can admire.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This is a nice pocket sized hardcover copy of the the Declaration of Independence. It also includes short paragraph length biography's of the signers in the back. Although pocket sized I'd say it's suitable for a handy bookshelf reference as the cover is handsome and presentable and would get wrecked it someones pocket. Besides it'd feel as if you had a piece of thin plywood in your pocket, not very comfortable. Enjoy. This is a nice pocket sized hardcover copy of the the Declaration of Independence. It also includes short paragraph length biography's of the signers in the back. Although pocket sized I'd say it's suitable for a handy bookshelf reference as the cover is handsome and presentable and would get wrecked it someones pocket. Besides it'd feel as if you had a piece of thin plywood in your pocket, not very comfortable. Enjoy.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    This is the actual article with short bio's of each of the signers. Quite interesting as it's been a long time since I've read it or maybe even understood what I was reading. A lot of complaining about the king, but yea it was necessary. I enjoyed reading the short bio's as well. This is the actual article with short bio's of each of the signers. Quite interesting as it's been a long time since I've read it or maybe even understood what I was reading. A lot of complaining about the king, but yea it was necessary. I enjoyed reading the short bio's as well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    I got this book as a gift and as an Australian I found it interesting. I never knew where the term John Hancock, as in a signature came from. He was the first signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Omar

    I picked up this little book during a trip to Philadelphia a long time ago. The book is good in almost every aspect. I especially liked the little drawings with the biographies. I would've gave it five stars had I not seen the price label :) I picked up this little book during a trip to Philadelphia a long time ago. The book is good in almost every aspect. I especially liked the little drawings with the biographies. I would've gave it five stars had I not seen the price label :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    3.5 stars The most approachable of our founding documents for a modern reader—this does an excellent job in concisely explaining why one the colonies left the UK.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    A marvelous declaration of the rights of citizens over the iron will of their government.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Hysell

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lacey Marie

  19. 4 out of 5

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    Chris Burnette

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    Sandra

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    Cass Greene

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan Norton

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    Jim

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    Collette Jones

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    Kristee Walker

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