Declaration of Independence books at the library

The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd, and we will be closed for Independence Day on Thursday, July 4th.  Before we close up, though, how about stopping by the library to stock up on books about the history of this holiday?

Book cover for "The Signers" Fradin, D. B. (2002). The signers : the fifty-six stories behind the Declaration of Independence. M. McCurdy (Ill.). New York, NY: Walker.This is a really neat book — equally informative and engaging for children and adults.  It provides a profile for each man who signed the Declaration of Independence, giving the reader background on their life and politics.  Each profile is short and easy to read, and each is also accompanied by one of Michael McCurdy’s fabulous woodcuts.  The book also gives information about the colonies represented by the 56 signers, and the full text of the Declaration.  We also have The Founders, written and illustrated by the same team, which profiles the men who signed the Constitution.
 Book cover for "The American Revolution" Carey, C. W. (Ed.). (2005). The American Revolution. Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press.What arguments were made for No Taxation without Representation?  What arguments were made against it?  Was the Revolutionary War inevitable, or could it have been prevented?  What was it like being a Patriot during the Revolutionary War?  What was it like to be a Loyalist?  A civilian?  This book from the Opposing Viewpoints series mixes together primary documents from the 18th century and modern-day opinions to show the reader every imaginable point of view about the American Revolution.
 Book cover for "King George, What was his problem?" Sheinkin, S. (2008). King George : what was his problem? : everything your schoolbooks didn’t tell you about the American Revolution. T. Robinson (Ill.). New York, NY: Roaring Brook Press.A fun take on the American Revolution, with tons of little-known facts.  According to Booklist, “vivid storytelling makes this an unusually readable history book.”  The Library of Congress has a short selection from this book on their Web site.

Want to take a look at the Declaration of Independence itself?  The National Archives has an original copy of the Declaration of Independence online, and the Library of Congress has one of Thomas Jefferson’s drafts of the Declaration on their Web site.

-Jane

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