The Signers: July 4th and the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence

July 4th is much more than the stories of the 56 Signers of the Declaration. It pictures them as if they were alive today and serving in Congress. Far more than the usual history book accounts, the Signers come alive with their exploits, some hot tempers, their devotion (or lack of) to their wives and children, and financial problems. Even a little humor is found throughout the book. The author’s tour of Philadelphia is included. Jay Woodard, has collected documents by the Signers for nearly 30 years and brings his research into every page.

There can be no doubt that when the words of the Declaration of Independence were read out loud to the people for the first time, many of those who were listening must have been astonished and perhaps even shocked. No one had ever written anything quite like it before, and it expressed so perfectly how the people of America felt. It also made clear that Americans were no longer willing to be governed by the English crown. The fifty-six men who signed the document were therefore, in the eyes of the English, committing treason. Who were these men, and why did they risk their lives in this way? Why was signing the document so important to them?

This book is highly recommended for use as the resource for the weekly research assignments on the lives of the signers scheduled within Revival to Revolution. If this resource is not used, students need to either use internet sites or a different source to complete their notebook entries on the signers. You have the option of whether to include this book within your Economy Package.