In less than 60 minutes of listening to this audiobook, you will have heard the original 1776 United States Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson's account of the Declaration, and much more.
The listener should be aware of what this audiobook is not about: it is not an academic work, nor intended for professors, nor a complete long study of the subject. The audiobook is intended for students, teachers, parents, and interested parties. If this one-hour audiobook interests you as it has others, this will provide a gateway to longer works on this subject and related ones if you are so interested. Otherwise, this has been quite enough information for most listeners, who report relistening to it several times. This audiobook was a live lecture and has all the immediacy of one, complete with paper shuffles and background noise!
To improve your understanding of this historic document, we have included original readings and commentary related to this subject, such as the Virginia Declaration of Rights, drafted a few months before the Declaration of Independence.
This additional information will furnish you with original source material, giving you a fuller understanding of the context and events surrounding the Declaration of Independence. These are the subjects covered:
Jefferson's account of the Declaration of IndependenceA brief history of the DeclarationDrafting the documentsReading of the Virginia Declaration of Rights: May, 1776George Mason (1725-92): author of the Virginia DeclarationThe call for independenceRepublicanism in America: Our two-party systemThe American Revolution, 1776-83Drafting the Declaration of IndependenceThomas Jefferson (1743-1826)Reading of the Declaration of Independence: July 1776Analysis of the DeclarationQuestions for discussion and subjects for essays
Great info! Poor delivery
I was excited to get to listen about how the founding fathers created the DOI on my commute to work. Unfortunately I had to listen to it a few times in order to get the full story. The reader/speaker speaks fast and runs some of the words together and at times seems a little unorganized. It's difficult to decipher where he's leaving off and picking back up again in a few spots. All in all the information was great but the delivery needs some work.