- 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: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865 (Dover Thrift Editions) Dover Thrift E Edition
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From the Back Cover
The great documents in this important collection helped form the foundation of American democratic government. Compelling, influential, and often inspirational, they range from Patrick Henry's dramatic "Give me liberty or give me death" speech at the start of the American Revolution to Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, issued in the closing weeks of the Civil War. Also included are the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson's classic rationale for rejecting allegiance to the government of King George III; the Monroe Doctrine, the cornerstone of American foreign policy; and other landmark statements: The Constitution of the United States; James Madison's The Federalist, No. 10; George Washington's First Inaugural Address and Farewell Address; Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address; Andrew Jackson's Veto of the Bank Bill; and Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and Gettysburg Address.
An introductory note precedes the text of each document, providing fascinating background history and information about the author.
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This volume includes the famous speech by Patrick Henry: "Give me Liberty or Give me Death." The Declaration of Independence, (July 4, 1776) as well as The Constitution of the United States (September 17, 1787) is also part of this collection. Other important historical documents in this text include: James Madison: The Federalist (November 23, 1787), George Washington's First Inaugural Address (April 30, 1789), his Farewell Address (September 19, 1796), Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address, (March 4, 1801), James Monroe's The Monroe Doctrine (December 2, 1823), Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861), The Emancipation Proclamation, (January 1, 1863), The Gettysburg Address, (November 19, 1863), Second Inaugural Address, (March 4, 1865) and other historical documents.
In conclusion, this is a book every American should read and have in their personal book collection.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Predator Hunter: A Warrior's Memoir)
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.