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The Declaration of Independence : the evolution of the text

Author: Julian P Boyd; Gerard W Gawalt
Publisher: Washington : Library of Congress in association with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation ; Hanover : Distributed by University Press of New England, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"For more than fifty years, Jefferson scholar Julian P. Boyd's study of the evolution of the text of the Declaration of Independence, which the Library of Congress published while the nation was in the throes of World War II, has remained the preeminent textual presentation of the most fundamental document of the United States. The Declaration of Independence: The Evolution of the Text (1943) was part of the  Read more...
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Boyd, Julian P. (Julian Parks), 1903-1980.
Declaration of Independence.
Washington : Library of Congress in association with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation ; Hanover : Distributed by University Press of New England, 1999
(OCoLC)654280366
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian P Boyd; Gerard W Gawalt
ISBN: 0844409804 9780844409801
OCLC Number: 40542958
Notes: Thomas Jefferson Foundation notes:
Thomas Jefferson : a comprehensive, annotated bibliography (by Frank Shuffelton)
Analyzes facsimiles of all known drafts. Useful. -- Frank Shuffelton
Revised edition of Boyd's 1943 work, which printed facsimiles of the mss. versions of the Declaration and the Dunlap broadside printing. This volume adds a preface by Gawalt and includes an additional manuscript fragment with an early version of text that appeared after the publication of the original edition of this book. A note explains its place in the sequence of texts. -- Frank Shuffelton.
Preface / Gerald W. Gawalt -- Foreword / Archibald MacLeish -- The drafting of the Declaration of Independence / Julian P. Boyd.
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Jefferson's drafts of the Declaration of Independence and related documents in photoreproduction : Document I. George Mason's draft of the Virginia Bill of Rights, 1776 -- Document II. Jefferson's "first ideas" on the Virginia Constitution, 1776 -- Document III. Richard Henry Lee Resolution of Independence -- Document IIIA. Fragment of the earliest known draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson in June 1776 -- Document IV. John Adams' copy of Jefferson's original draft -- Document V. Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence -- Document VI. Copy of the Declaration made by Jefferson for Robert Henry Lee -- Document VII. Unidentified copy of the Declaration made by Jefferson [Cassius F. Lee copy] -- Document VIII. Copy of the Declaration made by Jefferson for James Madison -- Document IX. Unidentified copy of the Declaration made by Jefferson [The Washburn copy] -- Document X. The first printing of the Declaration, as inserted in the rough journal of Congress.
Shuffelton Bibliography : Vol. 1 (1826-1980), No. 1422; also cited in Shuffelton Bibliography : Suppl. (1999)
Description: 102 p. : col. ill. ; 34 cm.
Contents: Preface: Specialist in Early American History Manuscript Division, Library of Congress / Gerard W. Gawalt 9 --
Foreword: Librarian of Congress from 1939 to 1944 / Archibald MacLeish 13 --
The Drafting of the Declaration of Independence: Historian, The Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Commission Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, from 1943 to 1980 / Julian P. Boyd 15 --
Document I George Mason's Draft of the Virginia Bill of Rights, 1776 41 --
Document II Jefferson's "First Ideas" on the Virginia Constitution, 1776 47 --
Document III Richard Henry Lee Resolution of Independence 51 --
Document IIIa Fragment of the Earliest Known Draft of the Declaration of Independence, Written by Thomas Jefferson in June 1776 55 --
Document IV John Adams' Copy of Jefferson's Original Draft 59 --
Document V Jefferson's Rough Draft of The Declaration of Independence 65 --
Document VI Copy of the Declaration Made by Jefferson for Richard Henry Lee 73 --
Document VII Unidentified Copy of the Declaration Made by Jefferson [Cassius F. Lee Copy] 79 --
Document VIII Copy of the Declaration Made by Jefferson for James Madison 85 --
Document IX Unidentified Copy of the Declaration Made by Jefferson [The Washburn Copy] 91 --
Document X The First Printing of the Declaration, As Inserted in the Rough Journal of Congress 97.
Responsibility: by Julian P. Boyd ; edited by Gerard W. Gawalt.
Local System Bib Number:
5614

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"For more than fifty years, Jefferson scholar Julian P. Boyd's study of the evolution of the text of the Declaration of Independence, which the Library of Congress published while the nation was in the throes of World War II, has remained the preeminent textual presentation of the most fundamental document of the United States. The Declaration of Independence: The Evolution of the Text (1943) was part of the nationwide undertaking meant to celebrate America's fundamental freedom in conjunction with the bicentennial of the birth of Thomas Jefferson. Out of print now for more than forty years, Boyd's study brought together photographic reproductions of all known drafts of the document in one large-format book. In this new edition edited by Gerard W. Gawalt, specialist in American history at the Library of Congress, a fragment of a document unknown to scholars in 1943, the earliest surviving composition fragment of the Declaration, is reproduced in color for the first time. Gawalt explains how the discovery of this fragment sheds light on the process of drafting the Declaration of Independence."--BOOK JACKET.
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