In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence—yet how many of them do we actually remember? Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document—and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers. Signer George Wythe was poisoned by his nephew; Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel; Robert Morris went to prison; Thomas Lynch was lost at sea; and of course Sam Adams achieved fame as a patriot/brewer. Complete with portraits of the signers as well as a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.
Denise Kiernan has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Reader's Digest, Saveur, Discover, Ms., New York Daily News, and many other publications. She was head writer of ABC's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" during its Emmy award-winning first season. She has authored a number of books for both adults and children and is the recipient of an EdPress award.
Signing Their Lives Away by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese