Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihoods to defy King George III by signing the Declaration of Independence, yet how many of them do we remember today? Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels that signed this historic document. Some of them prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers. Signer George Wythe was poisoned by his nephew; Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel; and Robert Morris went to prison. Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.