I'm a decent fan of Brad Meltzer and his books and TV show Decoded.
The man writes some good stuff and most of it has a basis in actual history.
Imagine my surprise to watch an episode of Decoded about the Declaration of independence and learn all sorts of goodies like the fact that there is a mysterious handprint on the back of it, possibly Thomas Paines who many think had a large part in writing the document. He wasn't present for the signing so many think he wanted to get his John Hancock on the document. (you see what I just did right there ).
Ot the fact that the movie National Treasure depicts the document as having a treasure map on the back, it doesn't, BUT, there is a treasure associated with the document, and the Declaration is the key to deciphering the code. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beale_ciphers
There were numerous drafts of the Declaration, then the final draft called the "fair copy" which was used to run off approximately 200 copies (Dunlap broadsides) at night by a 29 y.o. printer. Disbursed to the colonies and 1 sent to England to let them know we were liberating ourselves. Only a fraction of those copies are known now... 1 of which showed up in recent years in the back of a painting bought for 4 dollars at a flea market. It sold for millions and is now owned by a consortium including Norman Lear.
Or that we celebrate Independence Day on the wrong day. July 2nd we declared our independence, July 4 they approved the document in it's final iteration, August 2nd the document was signed... with final signatures happening in September.
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