This A-Z encyclopedia will survey the history, meaning, and enduring impact of the Liberty Bell in American culture.
This title provides a one-stop resource for understanding the fascinating history and enduring importance of the Liberty Bell in the fabric of American culture, from the pre–Revolutionary War era to the present day.
The encyclopedia explains key concepts, principles, and intellectual influences in the creation and display of the Liberty Bell; profiles its creators and leading champions; and surveys the place of the Bell and its home in Philadelphia's Independence Hall within the political and cultural lexicon of the nation. Additionally, it discusses important milestones and events in the bell's history and provides a sweeping overview of depictions of the Liberty Bell in historical and modern art, music, literature, and other cultural areas. It thus not only serves as a valuable resource in helping readers separate fact from myth regarding one of our nation's most potent national symbols but also provides a unique gateway for exploring the wider history of the United States.
- Groups entries into a topical table of contents by subject area for ease of reference
- Includes a chronology of events related to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
- Offers a wide-ranging general bibliography of sources for further study of the Liberty Bell and its place in American culture
- Illuminates a constitutional scholar's perspective on the importance and meaning of the Liberty Bell in an introductory essay