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First page of Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration click image to enlarge Original copy of the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington, DC. click image to enlarge Engraving of the Declaration of Independence click image to enlarge
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...
America's declaration of independence from the British Empire was the nation's founding moment. But it was not inevitable. Until the spring of 1776, most colonists believed that the British Empire provided them protection and opportunity. The mother country consumed colonists' goods, defended them...
Miniature portrait of Jefferson (1788) by John Trumbull
(Born April 13, 1743, at Shadwell, Virginia; died July 4, 1826, Monticello) Thomas Jefferson -- author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom , third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia -- voiced the aspirations of...

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