Carefully researched and fully documented, Independence chronicles the history of the "cradle of liberty" that is Independence National Historical Park, the historical site most closely connected with the nation's founding. Constance M. Greiff illustrates how the park was shaped by national events and conditions in Philadelphia, change and growth within the National Park Service, and the interpersonal and political struggles among the key people involved in the park's development. She traces the process by which the participants arrived at the ideas underpinning the park's creation and development, conflicting views about the purpose and scope of the park, and the resolution of those conflicts. Published with assistance from the Independence Hall Association, the National Park Service, and the Eastern National Parks and Monument Association.
About the Author
Constance M. Greiff is President of Heritage Studies in Hopewell, New Jersey. She is the author of Lost American and coauthor of Princeton Architecture.