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Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

by Jean Fritz, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Mass market paperback, 47 pages

Historical Setting: Massachusetts, Philadelphia, 1760s-1793 A. D.

John Hancock had everything a boy could want. He lived in a beautiful house, wore fancy clothes and the most delicious food. When his uncle died, he became the richest man in New England. This wasn't enough, though, because John wanted everyone to like him. Most people did, but one certainly did not—King George of England. John refused to pay taxes to the king, and to show the king how mad he was, he made his signature on the Declaration of Independence so large that the king did not need his spectacles to read it!

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