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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

Written by Thomas Jefferson

Narrated by Deaver Brown


The Declaration of Independence

Written by Thomas Jefferson

Narrated by Deaver Brown

ratings:
4.5/5 (12 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Oct 25, 2007
ISBN:
9781614960416
Format:
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Description

In less than 60 minutes of listening to this audio-book, you will have heard the original 1776 United States Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson's account of the Declaration, and much more.

To improve your understanding of this historic document, we have included original readings and commentary related to this subject, such as the Virginia Declaration of Rights, drafted a few months before the Declaration of Independence.

This additional information will furnish you with original source material, giving you a fuller understanding of the context and events surrounding the Declaration of Independence. Whether you are doing a book report for school or just want to brush up on your American history, this is a great place to start.

Featured Tracks:

  1. Introduction
  2. Jefferson's account of the Declaration of Independence
  3. Brief history of the Declaration
  4. Drafting the Documents
  5. Reading of the Virginia Declaration of Rights: May, 1776
  6. George Mason (1725-92): Author of the Virginia Declaration
  7. The Call for Independence
  8. Republicanism in America: Our two-party system
  9. American Revolution, 1776-83
  10. Drafting the Declaration of Independence
  11. Thomas Jefferson: 1743-1826
  12. Reading of the Declaration of Independence: July 1776
  13. Analysis of the Declaration
  14. Simply Notes
  15. Simply Discussion
Released:
Oct 25, 2007
ISBN:
9781614960416
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America and was the author of the Declaration of Independence. He served as Secretary of State (1789-94) and Vice President (1797-1801) before being elected the third President of the US in 1801.


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  • (5/5)
    An excellent and attractive compilation of our founders' important and foundational writings.
  • (3/5)
    Apart from a short forward and introduction, this book is composed almost entirely of the words of the Declaration of Independence. Each page contains an often opaque phrase, such as "For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us", written in large, hand-engraved type. The opposite page contains an old-fashioned political cartoon of the sort popular at the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence. These pen-and-ink drawings are made to look like colored woodcut engravings, with dense cross-hatching to represent shading and thin, curling word bubbles issuing from the figures mouths like ribbons. The drawings attempt to illuminate the meaning behind the words; for example, the picture opposite the "For Quartering large troops" page depicts a tall house with British soldiers hanging out of every window. Another picture, spreading across two pages with the text beneath it, shows King George and Benjamin Franklin engaged in a tug-of-war over a piece of paper marked "Charter". George is saying, "Its mine! I can take it back!" while Franklin admonishes, "George... you're going to regret this..."While the concept of this book is indeed creative, and it seems to be largely effective in making the Declaration of Independence more accessible to younger readers, I still have a few reservations about the formatting. Political cartoons, no matter how bland or instructional, have never been especially good at showing nuance or presenting a balanced perspective. In all the frames, King George is portrayed as a weak, greedy man, sometimes fat, sometimes old and senile, but always the Big Bad. While the idea of justified rebellion is an essential part of our national creation myth, these illustrations present an incredibly self-righteous and one-dimensional story. On top of the fact that few elementary schoolers will get the creative visual pun of using a contemporaneous illustrative technique to illustrate such a text, even fewer will have opened a newspaper to the Opinion page in order to see a political cartoon. I suppose what bother me most about this book is the fact that the author (though he describes himself as illustrator and inscriber), makes it seem as though the text of the Declaration is standing on its own when in fact he is putting his own accusatory spin on things. This book would be much better served with explanatory and contextual passages than pictures of the sort he provides. Written (although not recommended) for children in 3-6 grade.
  • (5/5)
    This is a great copy that has both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. I believe it is something each U.S. citizen should have in their library for reference purposes. This version is nicely laid out and inexpensive.
  • (5/5)
    how can this NOT earn 5 stars?? every single person should read and recite this at least once a year. do *you* know your rights?
  • (5/5)
    What it is all about, man. America in the original language. Suprisingly easy to read for anyone interested enough to read them. Should be read alongside the Federalist & Anti-Federalist Papers for a full, rounded understanding. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO BE AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IS KNOW AND BELIEVE IN THE CONSTITUTION. The fights are over interpretation of course.