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The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865 (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]

John Grafton
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June 20, 2000 0486411249 978-0486411248 Dover Thrift E
Thirteen compelling and influential documents: Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, James Madison's The Federalist, George Washington's First Inaugural Address, The Monroe Doctrine, Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, The Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, and more. Includes 3 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "Farewell Address," "Speech to the Second Virginia Convention," and The Declaration of Independence.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Thrift E edition (June 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486411249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486411248
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Declarationof Independence & Other Great Documents September 27, 2002
The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History: 1775-1865 edited by John Grafton is an important collection of the heart and soul of what America is all about. These fourteen great documents are the foundation by which our American democratic republic was founded. Each of these documents has a short introduction giving the reader a basis in time, relevent to and providing fascinating background history and information about the author.
This is handy and gets the reader in the right time frame, making this an indispensable reference for general readers to American political writing. This book covers a basic library of important American documents from the first century of America's history as an independent nation.
From Patrick Henry's 1775 speech to the Virginia Revolutionary Committee, "Give Me Liberity or Give Me Death" to Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugral Address in March 4, 1865 we see the tenor of American thought throughout come to the forefront. These are compelling, influential and often inspirational, but most importantly these are certainly among the most essential and enduring, reflecting the ideas, issues and conflicts which dominated American political life in the first century of our fledgling republic.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slim, but Powerful September 4, 2003
This is a quick and slim collection of founding American documents. Being small it fits anywhere, on your shelf or in the schoolbag. Get it for Poli. Sci. students, Law Students, and Historians, or for you patriotic friend for the Fourth of July or Patriot Day.
It has the basics that every American needs to know. It has the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, plus speeches form Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address. You get a good feel for the movers and shakers at this nations founding.
Ignorance is an unpardonable sin. We need to understand the past to understand the present. We need to get back to these ancient and sacred writings to understand our country. They are a trustworthy and reliable source of information about who we are.
There are several omissions. I would have like to have the Mayflower Compact included. The Monroe Doctrine was also missing-terrible shame! I would have also to have the Northwest Ordinance. Furthermore, it would be helpful to have the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution only makes sense in context of the mistakes of the Articles of Confederation. Lastly, I would have included more from the Federalist Papers, such as 1, 2,13, 14, 55 and 84. But this would have bloated the book, thus loosing it's slim effectiveness.
Maybe they could put all of this in a Volume II.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Handy Collection Of Great Amercian Documents` July 26, 2003
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In John Grafton's edited book of great documents of American History, he provides an uniquely handy reference book to the great speeches and documents of our past. Included are both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, with all Amemdments, a document I often find myself in need of referencing, especially in these tumultuous times.
I will not list off all the documents in his book, the Amazon review and several reader reviews do list them. But I would note, that Grafton's commentary on Lincoln's composition of the Gettysburgh Address is in accord with the superb work of Gary Wills in his book, "Lincoln At Gettysburgh" where Wills thoroughly debunks the myth that Lincoln wrote the Address on the back of an envelope on his way up on the train.
Anyone who has frequent need to reference some of the greatest and enduring documents in American History will find this book an invaluable reference tool.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
One can take two opposing approaches to this kind of volume. One can celebrate the treasures that are in it, or one can lament all the treasures it lacks. I prefer the first approach. For any volume which contains , The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Washington's First Inaugural and Farewell Speeches, Lincoln's First and Second Inaugurals and the Gettysburg Address contains the very heart of America's political thought and creed.

These documents are valuable not only politically, and historically they are also very great Literature.

There is much to be inspired by in the documents that are in this volume .Those seeking more important documents relating to American political life and democracy can find other volumes, whole libraries if they wish.

For what it is, this is just right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source April 8, 2001
Whether you are a student or a writer, a historian or a casual observer, this is a great collection to have. It includes many of the most pertinent documents in American history, as well as a myriad of useful speeches, which are all excellent for quoting in essays, term papers, etc. Some of the documents are available only in this book, and it is the best collection I have seen at this price. Overall, a great buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars HISTORY MADE EASY
Published 4 months ago by POPEYE
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and cheap!
The book arrived in perfect condition and is exactly what I thought I was buying. Just ensure you want this particular version of this famous piece and you can't go wrong.
Published 5 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary
I am glad to have this at my fingertips. Very informative and interesting.
I love our country and need to have a readily available copy of the Declaration of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elssa
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend this!
I find this to be the perfect size. It is small but not too small and thin. I recommend this purchase.
Published 6 months ago by Haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to really know The Declaration of Independence.
Having The Declaration of Independence in one small book? That's a definite yes. This book is a must have for one's personal library.
Published 6 months ago by Joseph Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars dover thrift books
it's a terrific buy for the price.This is my 2nd Dover Thrift book.Since I bought these books for their contents & not for their looks they are just fine by me.
Published 7 months ago by Relf Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars A must Read for all Americans - especially in these trying times
A great buy and it should be required reading in all schools. All should know exactly what the President is trying to destroy.
Published 8 months ago by Daniel R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of important American documents
This is a fantastic collection of important documents and speeches throughout American history. Whether you are going to give this to a young student to read or you just want to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Justin Greene
2.0 out of 5 stars Print to small to read.
I really didn't like this book, not enough information to help you.
Need to provide more information to help you understand what i taken place.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Eula Reaves
5.0 out of 5 stars Declaration of Independence
I liked the fact that not only did the book have the Declaration of Independence, but that it also had Inaugural address. Also the First Inaugural Address, and others.
Published 12 months ago by Mary A. Muthert
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