The Fourth of July Story Author:Alice Dalgliesh The story opens on a stormy afternoon on July 4, 1776. Candles were lighted early in the State House in Philadelphia, as the vote was taken on the Declaration of Independence. — We go back, briefly, to see the need for the Declaration, and to see it written. — Then there is the stirring moment when messengers leave with the first hastily-printed ... more »copies of the Declaration in their saddlebags. We follow them through the country to see and hear the effect of the news on a farmer, on George Washington's soldiers, and on a congregation in church, as the minister says for the first time, "God bless the United States of America."
The narrative is told simply enough to bring it close to children who may be hearing it for the first time. The pictures are clear and dramatic--somewhat influenced by primitives of the period.« less