Tom Scott, Author, Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor
David Shestokas has made an important part of our history accessible and interesting. David has a gift for taking things that we think we know and understand already, and adjusting the vantage point in such a way as to allow us to see things differently or more clearly.
Brent Hamachek, Author, Time for a Turning Point
From the Author
What I've discovered is that not only the technical aspects of the Constitution are involved, but there's an underlying philosophy linked to the Constitution that one must support to truly support the Constitution. That philosophy is found inthe Declaration of Independence and its self-evident truths that all men are created equal with inalienable rights that we are born with and are not granted by government. I've discovered that one cannot support the Constitution without study and understanding of the Declaration of Independence. My first book,Constitutional Sound Bites, provides an example of this. That book, while devoted to the Constitution, contains 140 references to the Declaration of Independence.
Since 1987 I've taken the constitutional oath five more times, and each time felt more comfortable as I have studied and gained a deeper understanding of the Declaration. The purpose of Creating the Declaration of Independence is to pass along some of that to the millions of others who take such an oath whether attorneys, law enforcement officers, firefighters, elected officials or new citizens.
It seemed one way to do that is to explain the process of creating the Declaration of Independence taking place in the minds of those involved. This book attempts to do that.
When the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives,fortunes and sacred honor in support of the Declaration it was truly a remarkable act. The possible penalty for that act included being disemboweled,cut into pieces and beheaded.
Can you imagine being the first one to go out on that limb, or the person assigned to convince millions to join? Creating the Declaration of Independence takes you inside the mind of the man officially proposing independence, Richard Henry Lee and that of the man assigned to justify independence to the world, the soldiers of the Continental Army, and the American people, Thomas Jefferson.The decisions they made and the actions they took changed the world. This book provides insight into how they did it and provides an understanding into how lawyers like Jefferson work.