Charters of Freedom: A New World is at Hand

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he Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have guaranteed the rights and freedoms of Americans for over 200 years. This new book, published to accompany an exhibition at the National Archives, studies the dramatic events and philosophies which guided the Founding Fathers in the creation of these historic documents, the profound effect they have exercised on subsequent American history and their wider ...
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Overview


he Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, known collectively as the Charters of Freedom, have guaranteed the rights and freedoms of Americans for over 200 years. This new book, published to accompany an exhibition at the National Archives, studies the dramatic events and philosophies which guided the Founding Fathers in the creation of these historic documents, the profound effect they have exercised on subsequent American history and their wider influence on world politics.

Specially commissioned colour photographs of the newly reinstalled Charters feature alongside a selection of other original documents, which together include some of America’s greatest historical treasures. Additional images include colour plates of the restored murals, which adorn the renovated Rotunda, and paintings and engravings of the major figures and events in America history, which complement and enhance the original documents. Quotes from the nation’s founders and other historic figures are also included, together with an accessible narrative text arranged to reflect each of the fourteen sections making up the exhibit. Together these elements reveal the drama, passion and poignancy of the struggle for freedom that has defined much of US history.

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“a breathtaking celebration of our nation’s history that explores and explains both the origins and legal protections of the truths we hold to be self evident. A true treasure!” Archivist John W. Carlin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904832027
  • Publisher: D Giles Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 817,600
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

From loyal subjects to traitorous rebels - a royal proclamation 25
Courage of the founders - the perilous road to independence 29
The spirit of the revolution - the Declaration of Independence 33
The first constitution - the Articles of Confederation 39
Slavery and the American Revolution - voices of protest 41
The Constitutional Convention - creating the constitution 45
The Bill of Rights - the first ten amendments to the Constitution 49
The charters of freedom 54
The power of the courts - Marbury v. Madison 63
Westward expansion - the Louisiana Purchase 65
The Civil War - the union sealed in blood 71
The end of slavery in the United States - the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth amendment 75
The United States as a beacon of liberty - immigration 79
Expansion of rights and liberties - the right of suffrage 83
Global impact of the charters of freedom 87
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