Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese
7.75 x 5.25 inches
In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence—yet how many of them do we actually remember? Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels signed this historic document—and the many strange fates that awaited 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; Robert Morris went to prison; Thomas Lynch was lost at sea; and of course Sam Addams achieved fame as a patriot/brewer. Complete with a reversible dust jacket offering a facsimile of the Declaration, as well as portraits of the signers, Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.