We Hold These Truths...: And Other Words that Made America

We Hold These Truths...: And Other Words that Made America

by Paul Aron
     
 

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We Hold These Truths. . . . presents 54 historically powerful quotes from the country's founders and founding documents and provides rich narratives that highlight their astounding, and generally unknown, origins.

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We Hold These Truths. . . . presents 54 historically powerful quotes from the country's founders and founding documents and provides rich narratives that highlight their astounding, and generally unknown, origins.

Editorial Reviews

Gordon Wood
An entertaining and educational romp through Revolutionary history. Paul Aron uses the words and phrases as starting points for the telling of dozens of interesting and delightful stories, and in the process he has created a colorful tapestry of life in the Founding era of America.
Vincent Carretta
Fast-paced and engagingly written, Paul Aron's We Hold These Truths. . . . is a concise and reliable guide to the making of the American Revolution and its legacy. The book traces the entertaining and often surprising sources—from Abigail and John Adams to George Washington and Phillis Wheatley—of the words, phrases, and ideals that have come to define the American identity.
Harvey Kaye
All too often books of quotations become little more than lists that are more entertaining than enlightening. This book, however, is both fun to read and highly informative, not to mention diverse in its range of voices. One can enjoy it all out or piece by piece at night before bed.
Carol Sheriff
A lively, eye-opening exploration of our cherished national aphorisms and the myths that surround them. Along the way, Paul Aron treats his readers to a wonderfully succinct and insightful overview of the pressing social and political concerns of the Revolutionary era.
Joyce Appleby
With crisp and informative introductions, Paul Aron has culled the most memorable lines from the founding fathers, one wife, two slaves, and two anonymous contributors.
Brent Tarter
The generation of the American Revolution made a revolution and a nation and a Constitution with a Bill of Rights, and it also created a remarkable body of quotable language, as familiar to us today as the choicest morsels of Shakespeare or the King James Bible. . . . Now, with We Hold These Truths. . . ., we can sort out the genuine from the legendary and understand how the power of the words, even the legendary ones, brings the meaning of the American Revolution down to us today.
Roger Kennedy
We Hold These Truths. . . . invites us into a world in which words mattered because ideas mattered. The Founders . . . united around principles and perceptions they were at pains to express precisely and thus to share without confusion. . . . Aron has bravely situated their eloquence and elegance in explanatory prose of his own, which shows that he has no fear of formidable neighbors, that he has read them and learned from them about how to write, which he does earnestly but not heavily, clearly and with verve.
Jack Rakove
Just as popular culture has its urban legends, so history has its famous quotations. Some were never uttered, but many others were—not always quite as we imagined, or for the reasons we think. We Hold These Truths. . . . is a fascinating and handy compendium of the real origins of many of the best known quotations from our Revolutionary era. Sometimes you'll be surprised, and more often, delighted.
Bruce Chadwick
All of those who love history must read this book and remember that what people said and wrote was just as important as what they did.
Richard Brookhiser
How did the founders do it? Paul Aron lays out one way: by writing, talking, and arguing. These verbalists changed their world more than two centuries ago, and they can still provoke, explain, and inspire today.
September 2008 Booklist
We Hold These Truths is a skillful, ingenious work that is entertaining to read.
Jerry Ridling
Brings a critical historical perspective to some of the most popular writings that have shaped our national culture....Those who understand the nature of the myths that shape all nations, the everpresent desire of those in power to form and control popular opinion, and the fallibility of human nature will find a book like this one both enlightening and mildly entertaining.
Roy E. Perry
Our patriotic lore suffers from accretions, exaggerations, and inaccuracies...Aron demythologizes these legends and uncovers the real stories behind them....Paul Aron provides revelations that surprise, delight, and entertain.
November 2008 The Free Lance-Star
Paul Aron, a senior editor and writer for Colonial Williamsburg, has researched the famous words and the stories. . . . And what fascinating stories they are!
March 2009 American Reference Books Annual
Interesting to read and readers will learn much about the history of our founding fathers.
The Free Lance-Star
Paul Aron, a senior editor and writer for Colonial Williamsburg, has researched the famous words and the stories. . . . And what fascinating stories they are!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742562738
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
672,743
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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