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American scripture :making the Declaration of Independence /Pauline Maier.

Collection Type
Books
Originator
Maier, Pauline, 1938-2013.
Publication
New York :
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.
Date
1997.
Edition
1st ed.
Description
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.
xxi, 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-285) and index.
ISBN
0679454926
9780679454922
GUSN
319229
Call Number
CPT CPT-01-110.211
Other People and Orgs
USA.
United States.
Descriptive terms
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence (United States)
Geschichte.
Onafhankelijkheidsverklaringen.
Politics and government
Politics and government 1775-1783.
Politique et gouvernement 1775-1783 (Révolution)
Politique et gouvernement 1775-1783.
Unabhängigkeitserklärung.
Vorgeschichte.
Places
USA
United States
United States.
États-Unis

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