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The Declaration of Independence

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This is a picture of the original Declaration of Independence with its now-faded signatures.

The U.S. National Archives states the following about this document:

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.


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Image, Courtesy U.S. National Archives

Reference and quoted passage from Charters of Freedom at the U.S. National Archives.

 

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