The day is soon approaching when we will come together as a nation to celebrate the day we actually became a nation. On July 4th, 1776, the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence to declare themselves a separate nation from the United Kingdom, sowing the seeds for the country we call home today. And if you’re at all interested in the history of our nation or the amazing people who started it all, then there are a few audio books you’re certain to want to check out before the fireworks go off.
- The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States by the Founding Fathers (read by Frank Langella and Boyd Gaines). The title of this audio book pretty much says it all. If you’re looking for an unabridged version of the documents created by the founding fathers to first declare our sovereignty from the British and then establish a constitutional democracy as our governing body, this is it. You can’t get any more bare bones than the words that changed the face of the world and made us an independent nation.
- The Declaration of Independence and the Men who Signed it: The Founding Fathers Series by Encyclopaedia Britannica. This addition to the large number of audio books pertaining to the founding fathers is an excellent source of information for those looking to learn about the men behind the document. It details who was involved, how and why they came together, and the steps they took to forge a nation. Also discussed are the principles that the United States were founded on and how the ideas of 19 different men coalesced into a document that created a new nation.
- The Founding Fathers (American Presidents) by Arthur M. Schlesinger (editor). This narrative is broken down into four segments, each of them focusing on one of the founding fathers and his subsequent presidency (including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison). If you’re looking to find out what happened to these influential men after the Declaration of Independence was signed, here’s a look at how they led our nation into the future, one term at a time.
- Great Thoughts – Thomas Jefferson (Author, Ambassador, Secretary of State, Vice President & President) by Simply Media (editor). Often considered the most notable founding father, Thomas Jefferson is a figure that inspires much speculation by historians. Although he espoused some truly advanced thinking for the time (equality for all) he didn’t always live up to his ideals. This collection of writings and recorded discourses gives listeners a glimpse at the man largely responsible for the documents that were used to forge the United States, including essays and lectures from his early life, his political career, correspondence, and more.
- Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different by Gordon S. Wood. This audio book examines eight men who played pivotal roles in the Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States. He looks at not only at their lives and philosophies in their own time, but also how their images have changed over the course of history.
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