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The Resource American scripture : making the Declaration of Independence, Pauline Maier

American scripture : making the Declaration of Independence, Pauline Maier

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American scripture : making the Declaration of Independence
Title
American scripture
Title remainder
making the Declaration of Independence
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Pauline Maier
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Historian Maier shows us the Declaration as both the defining statement of our national identity and the moral standard by which we live as a nation. It is truly "American Scripture," and Maier tells us how it came to be. She describes the transformation of the Second Continental Congress into a national government, unlike anything that preceded or followed it. She lets us hear the voice of the people as revealed in other "declarations" of 1776. Detective-like, she discloses the origins of key ideas and phrases in the Declaration and unravels the complex story of its drafting and of the group-editing job which angered Thomas Jefferson. She also reveals what happened after the signing and celebration: how it was largely forgotten and then revived to buttress political arguments of the nineteenth century; and how Abraham Lincoln ensured its persistence as a living force in American society.--From publisher description
Summary
Reveals the origins of the Declaration's ideas and phrases, unravels the story of its drafting, and explores the implications of its treatment as a sacred text
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ALA Notable Book, 1998.
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155461
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.3/13
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E221
LC item number
.M24 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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making the Declaration of Independence
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American scripture : making the Declaration of Independence, Pauline Maier
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-285) and index
Contents
Introduction: Gathering at the Shrine -- Ch. I. Independence. 1. Congress. 2. Independence? 3. Common Sense. 4. A Republic? 5. Decision -- Ch. II. The "Other" Declarations of Independence. 1. In English Ways. 2. Mobilizing the People. 3. Declaring Independence. 4. Founding a Republic -- Ch. III. Mr. Jefferson and His Editors. 1. The Drafting Committee. 2. Jefferson's Draft: The Charges Against the King. 3. Jefferson's Draft: A Revolutionary Manifesto. 4. Congress's Declaration -- Ch. IV. American Scripture. 1. Spreading the News. 2. An All-But-Forgotten Testament. 3. A Partisan Document. 4. Sacred Text. 5. Equality and Rights -- Epilogue: Reflecting at the Memorials -- App. A. State and Local Declarations of Independence, A Log: April-July 1776 -- App. B. Local Resolutions on Independence: Some Examples -- App. C. The Declaration of Independence: The Jefferson Draft with Congress's Editorial Changes
Control code
79376
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 304 p.
Isbn
9780679454922
Lccn
97002769
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36446763
  • (OCoLC)36446763
Label
American scripture : making the Declaration of Independence, Pauline Maier
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-285) and index
Contents
Introduction: Gathering at the Shrine -- Ch. I. Independence. 1. Congress. 2. Independence? 3. Common Sense. 4. A Republic? 5. Decision -- Ch. II. The "Other" Declarations of Independence. 1. In English Ways. 2. Mobilizing the People. 3. Declaring Independence. 4. Founding a Republic -- Ch. III. Mr. Jefferson and His Editors. 1. The Drafting Committee. 2. Jefferson's Draft: The Charges Against the King. 3. Jefferson's Draft: A Revolutionary Manifesto. 4. Congress's Declaration -- Ch. IV. American Scripture. 1. Spreading the News. 2. An All-But-Forgotten Testament. 3. A Partisan Document. 4. Sacred Text. 5. Equality and Rights -- Epilogue: Reflecting at the Memorials -- App. A. State and Local Declarations of Independence, A Log: April-July 1776 -- App. B. Local Resolutions on Independence: Some Examples -- App. C. The Declaration of Independence: The Jefferson Draft with Congress's Editorial Changes
Control code
79376
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxi, 304 p.
Isbn
9780679454922
Lccn
97002769
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm36446763
  • (OCoLC)36446763

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