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The Declaration of Independence (book)

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By Rod Gragg

The Story Behind America's Founding Document and the Men Who Created It

Award-winning historian Rod Gragg brings to life the drama of 1776 like no other book, and the removable artifacts, including a full-size (24 1/4 by 29 1/2-inch) replica of the Declaration of Independence, bring to life the events of 1776 like no other presentation. This extraordinary publication is packed full of authentic-looking parchment-like removable documents, including a letter to the King of England, a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, maps, tea tax assessments and more. Over 16 pullouts in all.

The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, the foundation of America's freedom, created a nation and launched a freedom movement such as the world had never seen. Today it seems inevitable that the 13 colonies would have declared their independence from Britain, and yet in 1776 it was not so. Here is the extraordinary story of drama and daring, sacrifice and selflessness, danger and potential death. The signers concluded their work with a plea for Providential protection and a selfless vow to sacrifice "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Many of them did just that to create a country in which "all men are created equal, . . . endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these, are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

This unique book is a must for every library and will appeal to young and old alike.