Charters of Freedom (softcover)
We are currently out of stock on this item. Please check back later.This book presents some of the nation's greatest documentary treasures, all of which are part of the National Archives holdings, alongside paintings, engravings, and photographs of major figures and events in U.S. history. With quotes from the nation's founders and leaders, these elements combine to reveal the drama, passion, and poignancy of the struggle for freedom that has defined much of U.S. history. It accesses the lasting impact of the Charters on U.S. history, including the Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War, the end of slavery, and the right of suffrage. Highlights include a special introduction by Archivist of the United States John Carlin, as well as striking architectural photographs of the Rotunda and the newly restored larger-than-life murals that grace the National Archives Rotunda's curved walls.
Archivist John W. Carlin praised this book as "a breathtaking celebration of our nation's history that explores and explains both the origins and legal protections of the truths we hold to be self evident. A true treasure!"
Featured documents include:
- Proclamation by the King for Suppressing Rebellion, August 23, 1775, in
which King George III labeled the rebellious colonists as traitors;
- Oath of secrecy, November 9, 1775, adopted and signed by members of the
Second Continental Congress (including John Hancock, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin,
and other towering figures of the Revolution), to protect the cause of liberty,
and their lives;
- Anti-slavery petition, October, 4, 1783, signed by some 500 Quakers, protesting
the institution that existed "in opposition to the solemn declaration [of
independence] often repeated in favor of universal liberty."
- The original, engrossed Articles of Confederation, ratified March 1, 1781,
and often described as this nation's first constitution;
- George Washington's own working copy of an early draft of the Constitution,
showing his handwritten annotations made during the Constitutional Convention
- A 1789 Committee report of the First Federal Congress showing the final
wording of what would become the First Amendment to the Constitution;
- A document from Marbury v. Madison, the landmark Supreme
Court case of 1803 that established one of the cornerstones of the American constitutional
- The Louisiana Purchase Treaty, 1803, the largest single land acquisition
in U.S. history;
- President Abraham Lincoln's 1862 State of the Union message, delivered to
Congress during the Civil War, in which he speaks of the United States as the
"last best, hope of earth."
- Proclamation of the Secretary of State announcing the ratification of the
Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution ending slavery in the United States;
- The original Deed of Gift of the Statue of Liberty, July 4, 1884, which
has greeted millions of immigrants arriving in the United States, and remains
one of the most potent and universal symbols of human liberty;
- Susan B. Anthony's testimony, following her arrest for "illegal voting"
in the election of 1872;
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964;
- President George Bush's 1990 State of the Union address, remarking on the
series of revolutions that swept through central Eastern Europe in 1989, and
relating the story of the Czechoslovakian brewery worker who, during a workers'
rally, took to the stage and began to recite the Declaration of Independence.
Author: Stacey Bredhoff