Independence: The Creation of a National Park

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987 - History - 281 pages
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Carefully researched and fully documented, Independence chronicles the history of the "cradle of liberty" that is Independence National Historical Park, the historical site most closely connected with the nation's founding. Constance M. Greiff illustrates how the park was shaped by national events and conditions in Philadelphia, change and growth within the National Park Service, and the interpersonal and political struggles among the key people involved in the park's development. She traces the process by which the participants arrived at the ideas underpinning the park's creation and development, conflicting views about the purpose and scope of the park, and the resolution of those conflicts.

Published with assistance from the Independence Hall Association, the National Park Service, and the Eastern National Parks and Monument Association.

 

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Contents

Three
63
Four
77
Five
113
The east wall of the Assembly Room stripped for investigation
142
The west wall of the Assembly Room with restoration almost
148
Three of the first young ladies hired as interpreters
181
Seven
189
Arthur C Kaufmann
190
Superintendent Hobart G Cawood
211
Market Street houses after restoration
222
Eight
233
Don Murray a member of the park staff assists a young
237
Portrait of James Madison by James Sharples Jr
245
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visiting the Assembly Room
252
Nine
257
Index
275

Proposal for the development of Franklin Court as drawn
205

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About the author (1987)

Constance M. Greiff is President of Heritage Studies in Hopewell, New Jersey. She is the author of Lost American and coauthor of Princeton Architecture.

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