The First American Declaration of Independence? But is the story true? Tampering with the Evidence: Charles Phillips and the Davie Copy 159 18. I have been working with the Presbyterians involved and have absolutely no doubt that the survivors told the truth in the 1820s. I am going to stop apologizing for cluttering the comments section, Jim. Scott Syfert resides in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area and is also a corporate attorney. Well, Scott Syfert got home and called me back and I sent him the pdf while we were talking and he opened it right then, just the way email is supposed to allow you to do. Most North Carolinians, ever true to their colony, believed the declaration to be true while most Virginians, likewise true to theirs, believed the opposite.
In terms of reading this book as a piece of historiography, the inescapable fact is that the author produced research and opines from a decisively pro-MecDec perspective. Every chapter is fact-filled and every chapter has a driving narrative. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. This is a great book for anyone interested in the history of North Carolina or the United States. John Adams believed the MecDec represented the genuine sense of America while Thomas Jefferson believed the story was spurious. Journal of the American Revolution is the leading source of knowledge about the American Revolution and Founding.
Availability of this Book This is a new book. This book is the only comprehensive history of the disputed history of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775. I have just spent a week digging in the documentary evidence about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the challenges to its authenticity. Syfert's style throughout the book -- thoughtfully argued and direct. Now, here is Scott Syfert, reasonable, methodical, judicious, and a really eloquent writer.
Suggest you search for it on-line or consult your book store. I have just received Robert M. The book did not settle the debate for me, but for those who are unfamiliar with MecDec, it will serve as a decent introduction so long as they are willing to accept and navigate around the caveats of a work produced by an amateur historian. As usual, I started from scratch, compiling dozens of pdfs of historians' accounts and newspaper articles starting in the 1700s and going through the 19th and 20th centuries. He just needs to write a little supplement. The narrative is written in a style reminiscent of a good mystery novel. Syfert has a new career in historical writing if he wishes, but if he never pens another book, he has left an extraordinary legacy in this one.
I moved to Charlotte in 1980 and still remember being handed a parchment copy of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence near the end of my first year in school. The story of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence could easily be made into a movie or historical novel -- or both. But is the story true? In conclusion, this book is Brevard approved! What a great guy he is! All of this occurred more than a year before the national Declaration of Independence. This book is as well written and researched as any historical account I have read and I have read quite a few of them. This book is dense, hence at times difficult to read, but ultimately contains within it a great summary of the MecDec controversy, so long as the reader is able and willing to notice and account for clear partisanship and bias.
Oh, dear, good news and bad news, but a really important book! Despite the massive amount of detail, Syfert manages to keep the subject fresh and readable. Once a reader begins, this book cannot be put down for any length of time. Was Mecklenburg the first to declare independence on May 20, 1775 or not? I'm not here to spoil the book. I apologize for cluttering up the comments section but I have afterthoughts. According to local legend, on May 20, 1775, in a log court house in the remote backcountry two dozen local militia leaders met to discuss the deteriorating state of affairs in the American colonies.
It is difficult enough to write a scholarly piece supported by extensive research, but it is far more difficult to also entice, engage, and entertain the reader. The 1821 article is signed with a pseudonym. We feature meticulous, groundbreaking research and well-written narratives from scores of expert writers. Tryon and the colonial legislature upheld their end of the bargain, only to have the Privy Council in London void the legislation. Journal of the American Revolution also produces annual hardcover volumes and its own book series.
Yet, the reader quickly learns it has just begun, especially when Jefferson adroitly counters that the declaration is spurious and fictional. Syfert has produce a treasure of historical notes for those who love history and this book, I predict, will become recognized as the most important literary source for all future studies of this intriguing topic. First, anyone could send me a flashdrive and I could copy the pdfs to it and mail it back. And he does so in a style that is both descriptive and concise. According to local legend, on May 20, 1775, in a log court house in the remote backcountry two dozen local militia leaders met to discuss the deteriorating state of affairs in the American colonies. This is a comprehensive history of one of the greatest historical mysteries in American history--did Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, declare independence from Great Britain more than a year before anyone else? But is the story true? But that is not the case.
The government didn't do anything for them. His case is difficult to make since contemporary copies of the Resolves have survived, while the oldest alleged documents supporting the existence of the Declaration are dated circa 1800. I emerged as a believer, not that the declaration survives in an 18th century piece of paper but that it existed and that many fine people approved it and some of them were around to testify about it decades later. This question was hotly debated by generations of historians, politicians and civic boosters. What a really wonderful book he wrote, and now he has an additional piece to write. It is not signed Murphey and it took me hours to establish that he was the writer.