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Declaration of Independence (Little Books of Wisdom) Hardcover – April 1, 1997

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

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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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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By A Customer on October 25, 2001
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Excellent summary. Short bios all in one place. This book is very interesting and highly readable!
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I have these Little Books: Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and Constitution. I keep them in my living room and people pick them up and glance through them, and because they are small they want them. I bought these three as a gift for one of my neighbors who wanted them. I think everyone should have them so they can refer to things from time to time that they may not be familiar with! They are little but have BIG information!
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Wish everyone would get this and read about the DOI. We are loosing our connections to our founding as evident in our "me me me" entitlement, socialist direction. Read this little book as a reminder of what our country is all about!
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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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Everyone needs to have this book with them at all times -- not only to remind us of what we have but also what we are losing each year in terms of our liberties. It's also a good thing to have to point out the actual wording to people who don't realize, remember or understand what our founding fathers meant when they set up our republic.
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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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