Independence Day

By Candice Chaplin | April 30 2021 | Promo OpportunityNonfictionHolidays

At a time when all Americans are looking for a better America, it’s useful to look to the past to remind ourselves of what earlier Americans thought about, fought for, and were motivated to accomplish. Several title lists can help booksellers curate thoughtful and enlightening title collections for promotions, including:

Fourth of July – titles about the American Revolution and events leading up to and following the signing of the Declaration of Independence on 7/4/1776. To see this list:

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Founding Fathers – books by and about the men whose visions gave us the foundations upon which our society was built – for better and for worse. To see this list:

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The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States
Together in one book, the two most important documents in United States history form the enduring legacy of America’s Founding Fathers including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton.The Declaration of Independence was the promise of a representative government; the Constitution was the fulfillment of that promise.On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued a unanimous declaration: the thirteen North American colonies would be the thirteen United States of America, free and independent of Great Britain. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration set forth the terms of a new form of government with the following words: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."Framed in 1787 and in effect since March 1789, the Constitution of the United States of America fulfilled the promise of the Declaration by establishing a republican form of government with separate executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791. Among the rights guaranteed by these amendments are freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the right to trial by jury. Written so that it could be adapted to endure for years to come, the Constitution has been amended only seventeen times since 1791 and has lasted longer than any other written form of government.
$5.95 US
Jul 01, 1998
Mass Market Paperback
Bantam Classics

A Life (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
From the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical, comes a gripping portrait of the first president of the United States.Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography“Truly magnificent . . . [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biography” —Andrew Roberts, The Wall Street Journal“Until recently, I’d never believed that there could be such a thing as a truly gripping biography of George Washington . . . Well, I was wrong. I can’t recommend it highly enough—as history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment.” —Hendrik Hertzberg, The New YorkerCelebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical Hamilton has sparked new interest in the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In addition to Alexander Hamilton, the production also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Lafayette, and many more.
$23.00 US
Sep 27, 2011
Penguin Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The U.S. Constitution
Explained--Clause by Clause--for Every American Today
Often cited, seldom read, always essential: here is the complete U.S. Constitution with all 27 amendments, demystified and explained for 2017. A VINTAGE BOOKS ORIGINAL.
$12.00 US
Oct 31, 2017

The Federalist Papers
A DOCUMENT THAT SHAPED A NATIONAn authoritative analysis of the Constitution of the United States and an enduring classic of political philosophy. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers explain the complexities of a constitutional government—its political structure and principles based on the inherent rights of man. Scholars have long regarded this work as a milestone in political science and a classic of American political theory.   Based on the original McLean edition of 1788 and edited by noted historian Clinton Rossiter, this special edition includes:   ● Textual notes and a select bibliography by Charles R. Kesler ● Table of contents with a brief précis of each essay ● Appendix with a copy of the Constitution cross-referenced to The Federalist Papers ● Index of Ideas that lists the major political concepts discussed ● Copies of The Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation
$7.95 US
Apr 01, 2003
Mass Market Paperback

Signing Their Lives Away
The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
Now in paperback with a brand-new cover, the wildly successful Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Fortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence (over 100,000 net since May 2009), tells the untold stories of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
$15.99 US
Apr 30, 2019
Quirk Books