American Scripture

Making the Declaration of Independence
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.62 hours)
Product Number: Z100153379
Released: Sep 18, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781977360496
Narrator/s: Jonathan Yen
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Maier describes the transformation of the Second Continental Congress into a national government, unlike anything that preceded or followed it, and with more authority than the colonists would ever have conceded to the British Parliament. In Maier's hands, the Declaration of Independence is brought close to us. She lets us hear the voice of the people as revealed in the other "declarations" of 1776: the local resolutions-most of which have gone unnoticed over the past two centuries-that explained, advocated, and justified Independence and undergirded Congress's work. 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. Maier also reveals what happened to the Declaration after the signing and celebration: how it was largely forgotten and then revived to buttress political arguments of the nineteenth century; and, most important, how Abraham Lincoln ensured its persistence as a living force in American society. Finally, she shows how by the very act of venerating the Declaration as we do-by holding it as sacrosanct, akin to holy writ-we may actually be betraying its purpose and its power.

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Author(s): Pauline Maier
Original Publish Date: Sep 18, 2019

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Author(s): Pauline Maier
Product Number EB00171681
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307791955

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