Thursday, June 30, 2011

Celebrate July 4th with a book that makes the holiday come to life.

The, 4th of July celebrates the United States adopting the Declaration of Independence, written in 1776. What do Richard Henry Lee, George Clymer, John Witherspoon, Caesar Rodney and 52 other men have to do with the 4th of July? They were 4 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. These people put their reputations, their fortunes, and their very lives on the line by boldly and publicly declaring their support for liberty and freedom. In fact it was Benjamin Franklin, one of the signers from the state of Pennsylvania who said,  “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang
Lately there has been a rash of articles lamenting how children in the US don’t know their own history. The Signers, The 56 stories Behind the Declaration of Independence written by Dennis Brindell Fradin brings to life these 56 different individuals. Who were the signers—what made them tick, what were their flaws, did they all become famous, and did any of them become president of the United States?

The first heroes of the United States–56 people who signed the Declaration of Independence are people we know very little about. The Signers make it enjoyable to change that fact by giving readers the stories behind these individuals—mini portraits with background information, anecdotes, family history and personal idiosyncrasies. If you like stories of bravery, heroes, suspense, and action, this is the book for you. Happy Fourth of July!    

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