This is a well-written, well-researched, entertaining account of the creation of the United States' Declaration of Independence as well as an analysis of how the declaration has been enshrined as something of a sacred document (a place it did not always hold). Pauline Maier, a history professor at MIT, will no doubt surprise many readers with detective work demonstrating that Jefferson's Declaration of Independence was actually preceded by many local declarations, which have been generally overlooked by historians but which were published throughout the colonies and were well known in their day. American Scripture holds many surprises as it details Jefferson's drafting of the document, the editing process, and the varying regard with which the Declaration of Independence has been held in the past two centuries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Maier (American history, MIT; From Resistance to Revolution, LJ 7/72) sets the stage for her fascinating history of the Declaration of Independence with a concise and well-written introduction into the political background of the American Revolution. She provides the context for the document within the British tradition of declarations, addresses, and petitions and relates it to the many local and state declarations that aimed to mobilize support for independence. The thrust of her work is a careful examination of the drafting of the document by Jefferson and the Congressional committee; she then describes how Congress edited it into its final form. The latter third of the book is dedicated to the ways in which the Declaration has been redefined and used by different groups of Americans. Combining meticulous scholarship with clear prose, Maier tells a compelling story that will succeed in winning her a general audience. Highly recommended.
-?David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville
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Very thorough background of documents preceding the 'Declaration', insightful treatment of the actual preparation of the Declaration, fascinating account of the after-math of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Danny
Slow, tedious reading ... full of detail and interesting information.Published 1 month ago by Bad Bob
Quality book in fine condition delivered in a timely way. Thanks.Published 2 months ago by thomas e.
Definitely Recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the declaration of indipendence.Published 3 months ago by Octavio Villarreal
In contrast to Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America, the focus seems to be on those members of the Continental Congress who foresaw no pragmatic solution to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard H. Landry
One of the great things about reading Pauline Maier’s books is seeing how she progressed as a writer over the years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by gloine36
I gave this book two stars because it contains interesting historical background for the Declaration of Independence. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ronald H. Stokes
Best book I've every read on the Declaration of Independence.Published 12 months ago by Raleigh M. Felton III