What Did the Declaration Declare?
Ellis, Joseph J. What Did the Declaration Declare? 1999.
In What Did the Declaration Declare?, Ellis presents various historical perspectives on the intellectual underpinnings and the nuts-and-bolts creation of this mythic text of American public life. By focusing on the meanings of the Declaration in its own day, students can gain greater understanding not only of the era of the American Revolution, but also the ways in which historical change has created new uses for the language of the past.
(exerpted from the web site of publisher Bedford/St. Martin's)