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Product Details

  • Series: Little Books of Wisdom
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Applewood Books; This gift edition, printed in two colors on acid-free paper, contains illustrations and biographies of the signers alongside the document itself. edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557094489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557094483
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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America's most famous document, with illustrations and biographies of the signers.

About the Author

Thomas Jefferson was born in Virginia in 1743 into a wealthy and socially prominent family. After attending the College of William and Mary, he went on to study law. At the age of twenty-six, Jefferson began building Monticello. Three years later, in 1772, he married Martha Wayles Skelton. The couple had six children, two of whom survived to adulthood. Considered elequent in his writing, although not as his speech, Jefferson took on much of the writing needed by the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, both of which he was a member. In 1776, at the young age of 33, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence. From 1779 to 1781, Jefferson served as Governor of Virginia. Jefferson temporarily retired from public life after his term as governor, returning to public life in 1784 as a diplomat serving in France. In 1790, Jefferson was appointed Secretary of State in President Washington's Cabinet, but resigned in 1793 over a disagreement with Alexander Hamilton. As political disagreements continued to polarize the young government, Jefferson found himself leading those who sympathized with the revolutionary cause in France. In 1800, Jefferson was elected President in a tie vote that ironically was decided by Alexander Hamilton. In 1809, after two terms as President, Jefferson returned to his home in Monticello, where he developed, among other projects, plans for the University of Virginia. In addition, he sold his collection of books to the government to form the basis of the Library of Congress. Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826.

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This book is hardcover, as it should be.
N. Sarapas
The Little Books of Wisdom series are a must for anyone interested in political/American history.
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GREAT to give to the kids and grandkids.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James E. Sheppard on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Another great book to purchase for those in the History field, Political Science(Government), or just a nut like me that is proud of America and wants to know more. This book and the book on the constitution are great little books to carry and to learn from, great for school aged children and those that have graduated to higher learning. Share knowledge and refresh those facts that one may have forgotten about over the years. A+++++
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Abigail Smith on April 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I really believe every American should be required to read this stuff. This book, along with many others are part of the core documents of our country's history and founding. Understanding where we have come from, how hard we fought to get here, and what the original documents actually say is important if we want to hold on to it.

These days, most people are getting this information from a pundit or politically interested party. Unfortunately, most of it is incorrect or taken out of its intended context. This is an important book for every home library collection.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Excellent summary. Short bios all in one place. This book is very interesting and highly readable!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bee_pipes on February 10, 2009
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There are other versions of this document available, some include the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation. I already had a copy of the Constitution and wanted to have a copy of the Declaration of Independence. This is the document, with brief biographies of the signers. There is no analysis of the document, just the document. I can consult other sources for the analysis, I prefer to have the document to draw my own conclusions without them being colored by someone else's interpretation.

Every household in the United States should have a copy f this document available; particularly if there are children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
America's founding document is justly famed the world over, and every American or would-be American owes it to himself or herself to reread it occasionally. Of course there are almost as many different books containing the Declaration of Independence available as there are Americans to buy them for, but this Applewood Books version is a good choice for reasons besides being sturdy, nice looking, and inexpensive.

It includes engravings and (greatly condensed?) biographical sketches of the signers from Benson John Lossing's century and a half old "Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaraton of American Independence: The Declaration Historically Considered". These biographical sketches aren't quite as moving or detailed as those contained in "The Americans Who Risked Everything", an oft-requested address written by Rush Limbaugh, Jr., father of the famous talk show host, but they still give you some idea of what these signers were willing to suffer for the sake of their country.

A uniform edition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is also available from Applewood Books for comparison and contrast.

Note: Applewood Books has produced a nice looking inexpensive series of sturdy pocket-sized reprints of important American books, documents, speeches, pamphlets, and poems, the Little Books of Wisdom, uniform with this volume, that are ideal for gifting to doctors, lawyers, teachers, business professionals, and students of same:
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Sarapas on August 10, 2009
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I have collected the Little Books of Wisdom, including George Washington's Rules of Civility, and the U.S. Constitution. The Declaration of Independence is the document that started it all.

This book is hardcover, as it should be. The document is in its original form, with no explanation of the wording. This is meant as a reference book, but not to study the Declaration with.

I liked it because it is small, and there were facts about the Declaration in there I never knew. For instance . . . Only one man signed the Declaration on July Fourth, the others were later.

I also liked this book because it was the original document. If you want a replica of the Declaration in the one-page format, this is not for you. This document is typed in an easy-to-read, or easier than the calligraphy of the Revolutionaries, and is protected by a hard cover.
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We're in a time when it's more important than ever to know a few things about our
constitution and bill or rights. The fact that these little books are so handy makes
my purchase even more special. I happened to see someone, somewhere holding
one of these books and up until that point I did'nt know they existed. I recently entered
the Bill of Rights amendments into my iPhone so I'd have them handy to read at
opportune times and now I have the little books to advance my knowledge. Knowledge
that I never adequately received in grade school.
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By Nancy Jo Tiemann on March 4, 2014
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This is also for my 17 yoa Grandson as he is very interested in all things US. He very much enjoys these little books.
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