Who Hid the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address After the Attack on Pearl Harbor?

Parade: “Three weeks after the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Library of Congress enlisted members of the Secret Service to hide America’s most valuable documents—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and more—in a secret fortified location far from Washington, D.C. Though it sounds like the plot of a heart-pounding movie, this was not the first time the Declaration and Constitution had been smuggled away from the threat of enemy hands.”

“Historian, professor and author Stephen Puleo is a specialist in this kind of clandestine history. His latest book, American Treasures (St. Martin’s Press), delivers a captivating (and absolutely true) historical account of the priceless documents that have shaped America as a nation and the often-untold stories of patriotic acts to defend these artifacts.”

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