Also included are eight slick pages of high gloss black and white photos and illustrations. Hogeland tells us the back stories of the famous like the Adams cousins and John Hancock. We are also introduced to the renegade pharmacist, the math teacher who wanted to provide for the poor, eliminate slums, and help farmers, and the self-taught medical doctor who established Vermont. Who is that flamboyant purple-dressed character with an equally flamboyant signature? Where is "Poor Richard" when you need him, and who is that Southerner with the three names? How does Richard Henry Lee become such an important piece in Samuel Adam's puzzle? As if there wasn't enough pressure to finally decide on independence, the largest fleet in history (prior to June 6, 1944) is under sail toward the colonies to intensify the fighting begun in Concord.
Would I buy Declaration: The Nine Tumultuous Weeks When America Became Independent, May 1 - July 4, 1776? Yes — faster then you can put your "John Hancock" on a personal check! It makes great reading for the second of July.