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Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson

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During his remarkable lifetime, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) served his country in many capacities, including as the third President of the United States. But ultimately, this gifted individual -- an accomplished architect, naturalist, and linguist -- wished to be remembered primarily as the writer of the Declaration of Independence. In this autobiography, begun in 1821 when the author was 77, Jefferson touches fleetingly upon his early years before focusing on the period during which he wrote the Declaration. This edition features a fascinating first draft of the document, in addition to Jefferson's comments on the Articles of Confederation. Other highlights include his firsthand observations on the early stages of the French Revolution, obtained while serving as Minister to France, as well as insights from his many other public roles: wartime Governor of Virginia, Washington's Secretary of State, and Vice President during the John Adams administration. This brief memoir provides a rare opportunity to share the reflections of a Founding Father as written in his own words. Publisher: Dover Publications. Paperback, 101 pages. Measures 5" x 8"x0.25". Weighs 3.1 oz.
Capital Days: Michael Shiner's Journal and the Growth of Our Nation's Capital

Capital Days: Michael Shiner's Journal and the Growth of Our Nation's Capital

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Capital Days introduces young readers to Washington, D.C., during the early to mid-19th century. Spanning more than 60 years, the story of Michael Shiner (c. 1804-1880) highlights a period of immense change in our country and its capital. Covering the burning of the city during the War of 1812, the rebuilding of the Capitol and White House, the raising of the Washington Monument, and on through the Civil War, the end of slavery, and numerous other "capital days," this book offers readers fresh insights and background on how our nation's capital came to be. The book includes excerpts from Shiner's diary, other primary sources, archival images, and a timeline.Much as she did in Maritcha and Searching for Sarah Rector, award-winning author Tonya Bolden expertly examines the intricacies of American history through the lens of one relatable person's life. Hardcover, 90 pages. Measure 10.25" x 10.25" x 0.5". Weighs 1 lb 13 oz.
Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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Philosopher, naturalist, poet and rugged individualist, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) has inspired generations of readers to think for themselves, to follow the dictates of their own conscience and to make an art of their lives. This representative sampling of his thought includes five of his most frequently cited and read essays: Civil Disobedience, his most powerful and influential political essay, exalts the law of conscience over civil law. Life without Principle distills the essence of Thoreau's philosophy of self-reliance and individualism. Slavery in Massachusetts is a searing attack on government condonation of slavery. A Plea for Captain John Brown is an eloquent defense of the radical abolitionist, while Walking celebrates the joys of that activity and pleads for conservation of the earth's wild places. The latter essay is recognized as one of the pioneer documents in the conservation and national park movement in America. Publisher: Dover Publications. Paperback, 90 Pages. Measure 7.75"x4.9"x0.125" . Weighs 2.6 oz.
Constitution of the United States Parchment

Constitution of the United States Parchment

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Measures 9.25" x 4" x 0.1". Weights .7 oz.
D is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet

D is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet

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Despite the banter in today's media, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to knowing and acting upon their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society. In refreshingly candid and straight-to-the-point language author Elissa Grodin takes readers of all ages on an A-Z trip through our government's structure, from its earliest beginnings to definitions of basic components and concepts (including immigration and taxation). Engaging, disarming, and frequently thought-provoking artwork from illustrator Victor Juhasz emphasizes the magnitude of the subject. From founding fathers, first ladies, and the First Amendment to the presidential oath of office, D is for Democracy details the political processes, parties, and people of democracy, American-style. Elissa D. Grodin grew up in a large family in Kansas City, Missouri, and was fifteen years old when she started to write short stories. While living in London in the late '70s, she wrote for the Times Literary Supplement and New Statesman. After moving to New York, she studied at the School of Visual Arts and met her husband, actor Charles Grodin, while interviewing him for American Film magazine. D is for Democracy is her second children's book with Sleeping Bear Press. She also wrote N is for Nutmeg: A Connecticut Alphabet. Elissa lives with her family in Wilton, Connecticut. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Victor Juhasz began illustrating in 1974. His humorous illustrations and caricatures have been commissioned by major magazines, newspapers, advertising agencies, and book publishers both national and international, and his clients include Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and GQ. Victor lives in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press. Paperback, 40 pages. Measures 11" x 10". Weighs 7.3 oz.
PIN US Seal

United States Seal Pin

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Lapel pin of the United States Seal.Pin measures 1.9" x 1.9". Weighs 2 oz.
What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Keye, A Life

What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Keye, A Life

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What So Proudly We Hailed is the first full-length biography of Francis Scott Key in more than 75 years. In this fascinating look at early America, historian Marc Leepson explores the life and legacy of Francis Scott Key. Standing alongside Betsy Ross, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, and John Hancock in history, Key made his mark as an American icon by one single and unforgettable act, writing The Star-Spangled Banner. Among other things, Leepson reveals: - How the young Washington lawyer found himself in Baltimore Harbor on the night of September 13-14, 2014 - The mysterious circumstances surrounding how the poem he wrote, first titled The Defense of Ft. M'Henry, morphed into the National Anthem - Key's role in forming the American Colonization Society, and his decades-long fervent support for that controversial endeavor that sent free blacks to Africa - His adamant opposition to slave trafficking and his willingness to represent slaves and freed men and women for free in Washington's courts - Key's role as a confidant of President Andrew Jackson and his work in Jackson's kitchen cabinet - Key's controversial actions as U.S. Attorney during the first race riot in Washington, D.C., in 1835. Publishing to coincide with the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner in 2014, What So Proudly We Hailed reveals unexplored details of the life of an American patriot whose legacy has been largely unknown until now. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan. Hardcover, 234 pages. Measures 6.5" x 9.5" x 1". Weighs 15.3 oz.