American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address

American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address

by Stephen Puleo

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250065742
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 824,463
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author


STEPHEN PULEO is the author of six books, including Dark Tide (Beacon, 2003); Due to Enemy Action (Lyons Press, 2005); and The Caning (Westholme, 2012). Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter, he is a contributor to American History magazine, among other publications. He holds a master's degree in history and has taught history at Suffolk University in Boston. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Kate.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

Early 1941

1 "It Is Natural that Men Should Value the Original Documents" 7

1776

2 "We Hold These Truths …" 23

3 "The Unanimous Declaration" 58

1941

4 "The Preservation of National Morale" 77

1787-1791

5 "Suspended upon a Single Hair" 89

6 "Our Doors Will Be Shut" 104

7 "That a National Government Ought to Be Established" 112

8 "We Are Now at a Full Stop" 122

9 "The People Are the King" 135

10 "Approaching So Near to Perfection …" 150

11 "Tis Done! … We Have Become a Nation" 169

1941

12 "A Place of Greater Safety" 179

1814

13 "Take the Best Care of the Books and Papers …" 195

14 "Such Destruction - Such Confusion …" 207

1942

15 "The Library of Congress Goes to War" 219

1826-1860

16 "I Had Flattered Myself that He Would Survive the Summer" 231

17 "No Government upon the Earth Is So Safe As Ours" 246

1942-1943

18 "Are You Satisfied We Have Taken All Reasonable Precautions?" 261

19 "He Loved Peace and He Loved Liberty" 268

1860-1924

20 "Four Score and Seven Years Ago…" 275

21 "Of the People, by the People, for the People…" 286

22 "The Instrument Has Suffered Very Seriously" 297

23 "Touch Any Aspect of the Address, and You Touch a Mystery" 305

1944

24 "Nothing that Men Have Ever Made Surpasses Them" 315

1952

25 "They Are Not Important As Manuscripts, They Are Important As Themselves" 325

26 "The National Archives Will Not Forget" 333

27 "Symbols of Power that Can Move the World" 340

Epilogue 347

Bibliographic Essay 357

Acknowledgments 397

Index 401

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