Understanding the Declaration of Independence

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Children's Literature - Jodie Peters
This book begins with an explanation of the history of the United States. During the 1600s, Europeans moved to America hoping for freedom. When they settled, they were forced to live under British rule. Under the King's rule, they were expected to pay rising taxes and obey British laws while in America. So, the colonists met to form the First Continental Congress as they fought to separate from British rule. Relying heavily on many colored pictures, photos, charts, and short captions, this book explains how the Declaration of Independence came about. This chronological explanation includes the meeting of the "Famous Five" and Thomas Jefferson's responsibility as the writer for the people. A number of pages are dedicated to describing how Jefferson put the reasons for independence into words. The book further includes Jefferson's thoughts on why colonists should be granted liberty and, poignantly, why "all men are created equal." Rounding out the book, several pages include important dates and locations that highlight the historical importance of the voting and signing of Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Lists of websites and additional books for learning are included on the last page of the book. It is a part of the "Documenting Early America" series. This book is beneficial for early readers or English second language learners who are studying American history. Reviewer: Jodie Peters
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778743767
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Documenting Early America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 919,832
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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