Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America

 
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Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America
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4+
Release Date
April 14, 2020
ISBN
978-0062740328
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He saved the words that built America! Emmy Award–winning journalist Anna Crowley Redding and Sibert Honor illustrator Edwin Fotheringham bring to life the riveting true story about the lowly clerk who saved the Declaration of Independence from being destroyed by the British army in the War of 1812. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

These are the words that helped found our nation. Today the Declaration of Independence is one of the United States’ most heavily guarded treasures, but during the War of 1812 it would have been destroyed if not for one man whose story has nearly been forgotten by time. Come along on this historic adventure and learn how one ordinary clerk did a truly extraordinary thing.

As a clerk for the State Department, Stephen Pleasonton spent his days quietly immersed in paperwork. He never expected to receive an urgent message telling him that the British army was on its way to the capital. And that the documents that Stephen was entrusted with—such as the original Declaration of Independence and the original Constitution—were all in danger!

It fell on Stephen to get our nation’s most cherished and priceless artifacts safely out of Washington!

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A Story of History I Haven't Heard Before
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RESCUING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE takes place during the War of 1812. In 1814, the British invade Washington. James Monroe, who was the Secretary of State at the time and had been spying on the British, instructs his secretary Stephen Pleasonton to destroy all of the records in Washington. One of the documents in Washington is the Declaration of Independence.

As someone who knows how important these documents are to America, Stephen can't bring himself to destroy them. Instead, he puts together sacks from fabric to haul the documents out. With the help of normal American citizens, Stephen piles the sacks into carts and they're taken to safety. Thanks to Stephen Pleasonton, we can visit the original Declaration of Independence to this day.

RESCUING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE is perfect for those children who are interested in history, especially American. Before reading this, I didn't know who Stephen Pleasonton was, but now I realize if it wasn't for him, so much history would have been lost that day. The words that built America would be a pile of ash.


Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of American History and important documents like the Declaration of Independence.
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