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The Declaration of Independence in Historical Context
American State Papers, Petitions, Proclamations, and Letters of the Delegates to the First National Congresses

Compiled, Edited, and Introduced by Barry Alan Shain

Political science professor Barry Shain has collected 174 letters, papers, petitions, and proclamations from the years directly preceding the creation of the Declaration of Independence that challenge many of the dominant narratives that shape contemporary understanding of this all-important document. Rather than arising from strong philosophical convictions and a clearly perceived vision of the future, the Declaration, as these writings demonstrate, was more the result of chance occurrences and practical considerations, and reflective of a society less rebellion-minded and far more monarchically inclined than most Americans today have been taught to believe.


2014   784 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300158748  $125.00 tx
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For a Love of His People
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Gathering Together
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A Mere Machine
The Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy
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The Citizen's Share
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Friend of the Court
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1940
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A Changing Wind
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GIs and Germans
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Emperor of Liberty
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Jefferson's Shadow
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Louisa Catherine
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Radiant Truths
Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, and Other Essays on American Belief
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The Gateway Arch
A Biography
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American Zion
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Arcadian America
The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition
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The Invention of News
How the World Came to Know About Itself
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The Terror Courts
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