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Declaration of the Rights of Man

Declaration of the Rights of Man

According to the Library of Congress' Exhibition on Thomas Jefferson, the drafter of America's Declaration of Independence: 

...often consulted with Lafayette during the drafting of this French declaration of rights in July 1789. Jefferson's immersion in the French Revolution and his influence on the Republican leaders can be seen in the surviving documents.

In a July 9, 1789 letter to Jefferson, General Lafayette (1757-1834) asked for Jefferson's 'observations' on 'my bill of rights' before presenting it to the National Assembly.


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Image, Library of Congress:  Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1789. Manuscript, page 2. 

Information and quote from Library of Congress web site, Thomas Jefferson Exhibition.

 

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