The Declaration of Independence: Forming a New Nation

The Declaration of Independence: Forming a New Nation

by Hal Marcovitz
     
 

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On July 4, 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress signed a statement that laid out their grievances against the king of Great Britain, and announced that they would no longer be bound by his government. The Declaration of Independence, as this document came to be called, would become a source of national pride during the American Revolution, and its

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On July 4, 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress signed a statement that laid out their grievances against the king of Great Britain, and announced that they would no longer be bound by his government. The Declaration of Independence, as this document came to be called, would become a source of national pride during the American Revolution, and its language would inspire movements for freedom and liberty throughout the world. This book tells the story behind one of America's most cherished symbols.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Looking back at the Declaration of Independence one must take pause to remember just how monumental the words and actions affiliated with it truly were. England was the preeminent power in the world. Without a professional army or any significant naval strength, the colonists chose to sever ties with King George and set out on a revolutionary struggle. With the odds badly stacked against them, colonial leaders determined that there must be some formal codification of why they were setting out on this tempestuous and rebellious pathway. In stepped Thomas Jefferson with his able pen, mind, and imagination. Through Jefferson’s efforts, and with slight editing, the result was a historical document of lasting value. The story of the Declaration of Independence is the subject of this volume in the “Patriotic Symbols of America” series. As is the case with other books in this illustrated series, this particular title combines a good sense of historical scholarship, fascinating spotlight biographies of key players, and applications of the topic to other eras. In this case Jefferson’s brave words served as a benchmark for governmental actions during the troubling course of the Revolutionary War. These bold words also found their way into a number of other national constitutions and documents as people in other times and places drew strength from Jefferson’s writings. The past is not just dusty stories, tired dates, and meaningless facts. Rather, as Marcovitz describes in this fine book, it is a legacy that takes the form of our own age. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck; Ages 10 to 14.
School Library Journal
11/01/2014
Gr 4–8—Going beyond pat descriptions of symbols, this series digs to the roots of America's garden of emblems. For example, readers not only witness the evolution of the U.S. flag's design over the years, but learn, too, why flags matter in the first place. In addition, children discover that while the Pledge of Allegiance is a cornerstone of American symbolism, pledges to the flag are relatively rare in the rest of the world. Throughout each title, "Vital Figure" sidebars feature key persons. In some instances, the person is well known, such as George Washington. Other times, the subject is less famous but no less important in his or her realm of influence (Alan Freed, unscrupulous but passionate promoter of rock 'n' roll). The concise, engaging writing is aptly accented by symbols that alert readers to special vocabulary words, ideas for research projects, and sidebars brimming with supplemental insights. While not outstanding, the illustrations are colorful and appropriate. A wide-ranging, appealing, and useful series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422231227
Publisher:
National Highlights Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2015
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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