Liberty Bell: American Symbols and Their Meanings

9781437968538: Liberty Bell: American Symbols and Their Meanings
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On July 8, 1776, the bell in the Phila. State House began to ring, calling the citizens of the city to hear an important announcement. From Independence Hall, the Declaration of Independence was read. It would lead to the creation of the U.S. of A. The bell that rang in Phila. received its nickname, the Liberty Bell, in the 1830s, when protesters against slavery used the bell s image as a symbol of the freedom and equality that the Founding Founders promised to all Americans. Though the bell is cracked, millions of people visit the Liberty Bell in Phila. each year, which moved into a new home across from Independence Hall in 2001. This book explains the history and meaning of the Liberty Bell, which remains a worldwide symbol of freedom. Full-color illus.

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Gr 4-8-Going beyond pat descriptions of symbols, this series digs to the roots of America's garden of emblems. For example, readers not only witness the evolution of the U.S. flag's design over the years, but learn, too, why flags matter in the first place. In addition, children discover that while the Pledge of Allegiance is a cornerstone of American symbolism, pledges to the flag are relatively rare in the rest of the world. Throughout each title, "Vital Figure" sidebars feature key persons. In some instances, the person is well known, such as George Washington. Other times, the subject is less famous but no less important in his or her realm of influence (Alan Freed, unscrupulous but passionate promoter of rock ‘n' roll). The concise, engaging writing is aptly accented by symbols that alert readers to special vocabulary words, ideas for research projects, and sidebars brimming with supplemental insights. While not outstanding, the illustrations are colorful and appropriate. A wide-ranging, appealing, and useful series.α(c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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