Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words That Built America
“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.”
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, Stephen Pleasonton, did a truly extraordinary thing. It fell on him to get our nation’s most cherished and priceless artifacts safely out of Washington!
This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling to explore early 19th century history and the importance of being a steward of the past.
By Anna Crowley Redding, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham. Published by Harper Collins, 2020. 40 pages, hardcover.