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The Liberty Bell (Icons of America)

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Each year, more than two million visitors line up near Philadelphiaand#8217;s Independence Hall and wait to gaze upon a flawed mass of metal forged more than two and a half centuries ago. Since its original casting in England in 1751, the Liberty Bell has survived a precarious journey on the road to becoming a symbol of the American identity, and in this masterful work, Gary B. Nash reveals how and why this voiceless bell continues to speak such volumes about our nation.

A serious cultural history rooted in detailed research, Nashand#8217;s book explores the impetus behind the belland#8217;s creation, as well as its evolutions in meaning through successive generations. With attention to Pennsylvaniaand#8217;s Quaker roots, he analyzes the biblical passage from Leviticus that provided the belland#8217;s inscription and the valiant efforts of Philadelphiaand#8217;s unheralded brass founders who attempted to recast the bell after it cracked upon delivery from Londonand#8217;s venerable Whitechapel Foundry. Nash fills in much-needed context surrounding the belland#8217;s role in announcing the Declaration of Independence and recounts the lesser-known histories of its seven later trips around the nation, when it served as a reminder of Americaand#8217;s indomitable spirit in times of conflict. Drawing upon fascinating primary source documents, Nashand#8217;s book continues a remarkable dialogue about a symbol of American patriotism second only in importance to the Stars and Stripes.

Synopsis:

Drawing upon fascinating primary source documents, "The Liberty Bell" continues a remarkable dialogue about a symbol of American patriotism second only in importance to the Stars and Stripes.

About the Author

Gary B. Nash is professor of history and director of the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. He is former president of the Organization of American Historians, and his 1979 book The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300139365
Author:
Nash, Gary B
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Nash, Gary B.
Subject:
Philadelphia (pa.)
Subject:
Liberty bell
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Icons of America
Publication Date:
20110222
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 b/w illus.
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.9 lb

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