The U.S. Constitution: And Fascinating Facts about It by Terry L. JordanMr. Jordan pads out the pages of this otherwise-short book with the most basic facts about the great (and not-so-great) men who helped craft the greatest and most influential system of governing the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, he writes with a gee-whiz sensibility that begins to grate almost immediately; theres only so many facts followed by exclamation marks I can take before wanting to put a book down. But lets be honest, no ones coming to this book to read Jordans prose. Youre there for the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and boy, are they worth putting up with the crap. Not only are the documents revolutionary in their ideologies, but theyre fascinating and, while simple, expertly written pieces of legal writing. The combined knowledge of all the prestigious men behind the writings bleeds through the words and you can almost imagine yourself sitting in a sweltering room in 18th-century Philadelphia. You may live the effects of these documents every day, but its worth taking some time out of your life to actually give them a read.
Fun facts about the Declaration of Independence by mj book
9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence
July 4th marks the annual holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. So how much do you know about this famous document? Officially, the Continental Congress declared its freedom from Britain on July 2, , when it approved a resolution and delegates from New York were given permission to make it a unanimous vote. John Adams thought July 2 would be marked as a national holiday for generations to come. After voting on independence, the Continental Congress needed to finalize a document explaining the move to the public. Franklin was literally among a handful of people who signed both historic documents. Once the Congress approved the actual Declaration on Independence document on July 4, it ordered that it be sent to a printer named John Dunlap.
The delegates then spent the next two days debating and revising the language of a statement drafted by Thomas Jefferson. On July 4 , Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, and as a result the date is celebrated as Independence Day. Nearly a month would go by, however, before the actual signing of the document took place.
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What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis
As we celebrate our nation's independence on July 4, here are 10 fun facts about our Declaration of Independence you might not know:. Most of the delegates signed on August 2 and some signed even later! George Washington read the document aloud in front of City Hall. A lively crowd cheered, and later that day tore down a nearby statue of George III. Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.