FEATURE IN HONOR OF
Step back in time to the birth of America and meet the real-life rebels who made this country free!
On a hot summer day near Philadelphia in 1776, Thomas Jefferson sat at his desk and wrote furiously until early the next morning. He was drafting the Declaration of Independence, a document that would sever this country's ties with Britain and announce a new nation—The United States of America. Colonists were willing to risk their lives for freedom, and the Declaration of Independence made that official. Discover the true story of one of the most radical and uplifting documents in history and follow the action that fueled the Revolutionary War.
The text is divided into twelve chapters beginning with 'What is the Declaration of Independence?' and ending with 'The Declaration Today'. Each chapter is jam-packed with information about the writers and signers of Declaration as well as the background for why they decided to take such a bold step against a powerful and militarily-superior Great Britain.
Throughout the text there are maps, illustrations, photographs, and sidebars including intriguing information set off in a text box to capture the reader's interest. For example, on page 12 there is a sidebar entitled, 'George Washington, British Soldier'. The history of the beginning of Washington's military career at age twenty-two is explained. He led 150 British soldiers against French troops near the Ohio River which turned out to be the start of the French and Indian War. This episode is certain to raise the interest of young readers--especially when they learn the Father of Our Country, George Washington, had to surrender in shame!
Taxes, the Boston Tea Party, the First Continental Congress, and the birth of the United States of America are all topics covered in this book. Anecdotal evidence is shared proving the courage and dedication displayed by the colonists in their battle for freedom from the British.
The back matter of the book includes a list of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the colony/state which he represented. There is also a concise 'Timeline of the Declaration of Independence' that would be helpful to young learners. The Bibliography at the close of the book has almost a dozen books which readers and teachers can delve into if they wish to learn even more about this historical, life-changing document.
Highly-recommended for fans of American history, the American Revolution, famous Americans, and famous documents in history. This would be a fun family read, also.
I borrowed this book from the children's section in the local public library.