In a small two-room, rented apartment in Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence - the birth certificate of the United States of America. It was not an assignment he wanted.
"All eyes were fixed on Jefferson, who sat with his head bowed. The only sound in the room was the ticking of the grandfather clock that stood beside the window. He raised his head and looked momentarily into the face of each man. They watched as he crossed his arms and cupped his chin with his left hand. He stared at the floor in front of him. More time passed until he scanned the face of each man again. 'If you are determined,' he finally said, 'I will do as well as I can.' "
With historical detail, "Jefferson's Masterpiece" tells how the Declaration of Independence was written, edited, approved and signed by the fifty-six delegates to the Second Continental Congress. The readers get to experience what took place between June 11 and August 2, 1776 - Jefferson's work on the Declaration and his daily activities, the proceedings of Congress, and the military conflicts that took place between the American Continental Army and the British military.
In addition to a finely crafted story, the book's appendix provides readers and students with an extensive digest of information that will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the Declaration of Independence and the signers.
"Jefferson's Masterpiece" is an excellent book for teachers and homeschoolers to use to teach their students the important story of the Declaration of Independence. A free downloadable Teacher's Guide is available with each book.