Author Denise Kiernan shares ‘Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence’

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This undated engraving shows the scene on July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pa. The document, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman, announces the separation of 13 North American British colonies from Great Britain. The formal signing by 56 members of Congress began on Aug. 2. (AP Photo)

Jon Hansen is in for Chicago’s Afternoon News with Steve Bertrand and starts off with best selling author Denise Kiernan discussing her 2009 book “Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence,” and some of the more notable signers of the United States of America’s founding document.

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