After a month of narrowing down our field of 64 primary sources on early American history, the results for March Madness are in!
The Declaration of Independence beat Franklin’s Autobiography, 59% to 41%.
Approximately 1,000 votes were cast throughout the duration of March Madness. Franklin put up a strong fight, but the Declaration took the lead early on and retained it throughout the course of voting. Perhaps, as Ken Owen suggested yesterday, political history really is due for a comeback.
I’m a Franklin fan, myself, but had a harder time than expected making a final decision after teaching a seminar in which we read the Declaration and the Haitian Declaration of Independence out loud. There is something enduringly evocative about these documents, and especially for those of us unable to assign as much reading as we’d sometimes like, there’s a case to be made for short documents like the Declaration.
In case you’re looking for more writing about the declaration, Joe Adelman has blogged about it, Roy Rogers has discussed Pauline Maier’s book on it, and the JuntoCast has devoted a whole episode to it. Please weigh in in our comments section to talk about how you use the document, or to speculate about the significance of the DoI winning March Madness.
Thanks very much to everyone who participated in this year’s tournament. We now return you to our regularly-scheduled programming.