Tagged with 'July 4th'

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.

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

50 years of naturalization ceremonies at Monticello

July 4, 2012, marked the 50th anniversary of the first naturalization ceremony held at Monticello.

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.  

Notable Comments on Jefferson - 21st Century

2007 July 4. (Sam Waterston). "'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' The words are so familiar, so potent, so important, so grand and fine, it's hard to believe that a person, any single person, actually wrote them, picked up a pen, dipped it in ink, and, on a blank white sheet, made appear for the first time what had never before existed in the whole history of the world.