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American Treasures

American Treasures

The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address

Stephen Puleo




Trade Paperback




“It Is Natural That Men Should Value the Original Documents”

Washington, D.C., February 1941

Earlier that year, Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish,...


Praise for American Treasures

"A novel perspective on American history that focuses on the story of the country's founding documents and the Americans who composed, safeguarded, and preserved them for the benefit of future generations. A fast moving presentation and a solid retelling of an inspiring story." - Kirkus

“An engrossing account of the creation, consecration, and conservation of the documents that defined American democracy. Readers will take away a new appreciation for the vision and savvy of government officials in finding ways to insure such treasures would survive” - Library Journal

“In a series of useful and interesting tangents, Puleo describes some of the histories of these documents and occasional threats they have faced since their creation. This unique, easily digestible, and well-researched saga is ideal for general readers” - Booklist

"His vivid and detailed descriptions of characters and events will make readers feel like they are in the room with historic figures." - Patriot Ledger

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About the author

Stephen Puleo

STEPHEN PULEO is the author of several books, including Dark Tide (Beacon, 2003); Due to Enemy Action (Lyons Press, 2005); and The Caning (Westholme, 2012). Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter, he is a contributor to American History magazine, among other publications. He holds a master's degree in history and has taught history at Suffolk University in Boston. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife, Kate.

Stephen Puleo

Credit: Kate Puleo

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