Tagged with 'Declaration of Independence'

The Story Surrounding Jefferson and the Declaration

America's declaration of independence from the British Empire was the nation's founding moment.  But it was not inevitable.

The Legacy of the Declaration of Independence

Before Americans were American, they were British.  Before Americans governed themselves, they were governed by a distant British king.  Before America was an independent state, it was a dependent colony.  Before Americans claimed equal rights, they were subject to British tyranny.  What brought about these transformations?  The Declaration of Independence of 1776.

Images of the Declaration

First page of Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration click image to enlarge

Declaration of Independence by Binns (Engraving)

Artist/Maker: John Binns (1772-1860), publisher; James Barton Longacre (1794-1869) engraver of portraits[1] Created: 1819 Origin/Purchase: Philadelphia

Declaration of Independence by Stone (Engraving)

Artist/Maker: William J. Stone (1798-1865)[1] Created: 1823 Origin/Purchase: Washington, D.C. Materials: engraving

New from the Scout Report: Creating the United States

Since 1994 the Scout Report has listed and annotated praiseworthy websites of interest to librarians, teachers, students, and scholars. Here's one that we will add to our Thomas Jefferson Portal research database: Creating the United States.  More info:

Top 10: Misconceptions about Jefferson

Everybody loves countdowns, right?  Right.  So, I’ve come up with my own list of things people get wrong about Jefferson, based on my extensive observation of the stuff people put on the Internet or ask us about.  Here goes:

Thomas Jefferson, A Brief Biography

(Born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia; died July 4, 1826, Monticello)

Hall

The Hall served as a reception area and waiting room for visitors and a museum of American natural history, western civilization, and American Indian cultures. View Room Panorama Overview Dimensions: 27' 11"x 23' 9"; ceiling 18' 2"

July 4th at Monticello

There is no more inspirational place to celebrate the Fourth of July than Monticello, the home of the author of the Declaration of Independence. Since 1963, more than 3,000 people from every corner of the globe have taken the oath of citizenship at the annual Monticello Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony. It is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony in the United States outside of a courtroom.  

Explore Monticello’s New Spectrum of Online Educational Programs

Launching Presidents' Day Weekend 2014 Sea of Liberty — for middle and high school teachers and students