Signing Their Lives Away tells the story of the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, and scoundrels who signed the Declaration of Independence—and the strange fates that awaited them. Some rose to the highest levels of United States government, but a surprising number would spend time in debtors’ prison. Signer George Wythe was murdered by his nephew. Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel. And of course, Samuel Adams achieved fame as a patriot-brewer. The cover of this beautiful book unfolds to display a copy of the Declaration itself!
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On the heels of the success of Signing Their Lives Away comes this follow-up title featuring 39 biographies of all the men who signed the Constitution of the United States. Filled with anecdotes, quotes and a behind-the-scenes look at the fighting and compromising that helped create the world’s oldest functioning Constitution.
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This is a slim, pocket-sized book that is perfect for gift-giving or stuffing stockings. (Hint, hint.) For those who've ever wondered...
- What’s the difference between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence?
- Who invented Blue Jeans?
- What does the Ninth Amendment allow me to do?
This little volume is packed with all the necessary—and not so necessary—“stuff” you need to know as an American.