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America’s Birth Certificate

Learn what it really says

2020-07-01 19:00:00 2020-07-01 20:00:00 America/New_York America’s Birth Certificate Virtual

Wednesday, July 01
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2020-07-01 19:00:00 2020-07-01 20:00:00 America/New_York America’s Birth Certificate Independence day celebrates a document that is well known, yet, not always well understood. Richard Bell is here to help deepen that understanding. Virtual

Independence day celebrates a document that is well known, yet, not always well understood. Richard Bell is here to help deepen that understanding.

The Declaration of Independence is a peculiar thing. It’s a literary masterpiece that was written jointly by a committee of fifty people. It’s short and punchy—just 1310 words long—but still somehow daunting and difficult to get to grips with (there’s a reason most of us have never read it in full and can only quote the first third of its second sentence). 

And what is it exactly? Is it a birth certificate announcing happy news, or a petition for divorce full of grievance and score-settling, or something else? Is it aimed at the American people, or King George, or someone else? Was it the first ever declaration of independence, or a cheap imitation of a genre already well established? What did people at the time make of it? What did it change? Why does it matter?

In this public lecture, Richard Bell, a professor of history at the University of Maryland will tackle the fascinating origins, misunderstood purpose, and extraordinary global legacy of the Declaration of Independence.

Register in advance for this program:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcoceqtqjIoGtQtB_pfksI-qe9RktR4duEf 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program.

For questions contact: rrasby@alexlibraryva.org

AGE GROUP: | All Ages |

EVENT TYPE: | Special Event |

TAGS: | public lecture | Independence Day |

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