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Declaration of Independence - Citizens not Subjects

Declaration of Independence-Citizens not Subjects

When Thomas Jefferson first drafted the Declaration of Independence, he referred to Americans as "subjects" of King George III.  He carefully changed that word to "citizens," but for 234 years no one could be sure what he had first written.

In 2010, preservation scientists at the Library of Congress used specialized technology to uncover Jefferson's original choice of words.  This graphic depicts the process they used to make such an important discovery.

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy the Library of Congress and Alberto Cuadra, Karen Yourish/The Washington Post  (July 3, 2010).

 

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