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Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent, May 1-July 4, 1776

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This is the rambunctious story of how America came to declare independence in Philadelphia in 1776. As late as that May, the Continental Congress had no plans to break away from England. Troops under General George Washington had been fighting the British for nearly a year—yet in Philadelphia a mighty bloc known as "reconciliationists," led by the influential Pen ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2010)
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Lauren Albert
I think most people, when they think of the pre-Revolutionary days, are aware of two groups--those that supported independence and those that did not. But Hogeland shows how much more complex the real story was. There were those that wanted war with England leading to independence. There were those who wanted no war and no independence--the loyalists. But there were also those who wanted war but no independence--those who wanted reconciliation and thought that the system was ideal but that it wa ...more
Not quite what I was expecting when I read the title. Certainly, just by title alone the work is quite ambitious, as there's a lot that happens in those nine weeks before we officially declare independence. The book largely follows Philadelphia and events that occur for Pennsylvania specifically. I had hoped to read about the discussions that occurred in Congress leading up to Independence. Instead this book - not long at all - attempts to cover far too much, highlighting pieces that I feel coul ...more
Keith Parrish
One of my favorite movies is 1776, the musical version of the events that took place in the Continental Congress from May through July 4, 1776. I've often wondered how accurate the positions taken by the characters in the film actually are. Certainly I am aware that much creative license was taken (i'm fairly certain that Edward Rutledge never spontaneously sang about the Atlantic slave trade during a Congressional sessio, for instance), but the idea of what occurred behind those closed doors ha ...more
I had mixed feelings about this read. I really enjoy the idea behind the book: explain the ties between the restructuring of the Pennsylvania state government and the Declaration of Independence. I have read a great deal about the discussions and deliberations behind the production of the Declaration, but I knew very little about the radical overthrow of the chartered government led by John Dickinson. I am confident I am not the only person whose knowledge about that process is lacking, which is ...more
Covers the nine weeks leading up to the vote for Independence and the issuance of the now more famous Declaration. Details the complex movements warring for control of America ... Popularism, Proprietary rule, democracy vs republicanism, Paine vs Adams, etc. Nice to read as we head into learning about the Revolution this year.
David R.
Hogeland offers a fascinating take on the emergence of the Declaration of Independence during nine frenetic weeks in May, June and July of 1776. He confines the action to Philadelphia, and focuses even more tightly on a handful of actors among them Samuel Adams and his allies in the Continental Congress, the reconciliationist John Dickinson of Pennsylvania, and an odd conferacy of radicals who successfully toppled Pennsylvania's charter legislature. Hogeland writes supportively of the pro-indepe ...more
I'd give it 3 1/2 if I could. Interesting to learn more about the pivotal role Samuel Adams played in securing a vote for breaking with England in 1776. Along the way, he threw his lot in with some real radicals...those wanting to give men without property the right to vote, those who believed in the rights of Native Americans and women, and other radicals like the disreputable Green Mountain man Ethan Allen. Proto-socialists helped the founding fathers (or were some of the founding fathers) ass ...more
Shawn Mccusker
This book focuses on the political manueverings of Samuel Adams and his supporters to gain control of the constitutional convention and issue the Declaration of Independence. The main focus is on Adams attempt to overthrow the charter government of Pennsylvania in favor of a new one that would appoint Pro-independence representatives. Hogeland does a good job of representing John Dickenson as his honorable foe. Well written and effective yet austere. Good depth and still less than 300 pages.
This account of American Independence was alright, but not spectacular. I learned some things, particularly about John Dickinson of Pennsylvania, that I did not know, but I also felt the author spent too much time centered on him,and on the government of the Pennsylvania colony. Some portions were very interesting, and other parts seemed to drag. I'm not sorry I read it, but I don't think I would choose to read it again.
After seeing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution at the National Archives, I bought this book and its store. It is a great historical read about the liberal and brilliant men who declared our independence on July 4, 1776. Thomas Paine was quite the thinker behind the movement. Written in narrative form, it is quite good. I love American history now.
A short and lively presentation of the weeks before Philadelphia and the Declaration. Backroom politics at work. Scholars will no doubt wring their hands at the warts and all treatment of our founders but Hogeland has obviously done his research. A genuinely refreshing book that focuses on a period that tends to be ignored when studying the formation of the Declaration.
I learned a lot from this book that I previously was unaware of regarding the Declaration of Independence and the major political players involved in the lead-up to the actual written document. Interesting book, quick read, a bit dry in spots but overall an enlightening read.
This was a very good read in the sense that I learned a lot of new things about the decision to declare independence from Great Britain. It amazed me how close it came to not happening. But the writing was not great. Overall I give it 3 Stars.
It was neat to read and learn new things about the singing and dancing Congress. I am seeing some of the Founding Fathers in a new (song-free) light.
Allen Elggren
The rough and tumble of politics hasn't changed. Friends today are not friends tomorrow as the days lead up to the 2nd of July.
There is folk tales and there is the way it really happend. John Adams was not a friend to the common people.
Hogeland is out to prove that nothing in our Founding Era was easy and backroom politics was part of our government.
Working class revolution
Brings independence.
F.C. Etier
Jun 26, 2010 F.C. Etier rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in today's politics
Reading to review for Blogcritics before July 4.
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