Independence Day (2013)


As we approach the 237th anniversary of declaring independence from Britain, it is well to take the time to study the bold act by which that was done.

Here is the final version of the Declaration of Independence, with the original spelling and punctuation. Here is the edited, modernized version you will usually see in books. And here is the original "rough drought" (draft) written by Thomas Jefferson before it was revised by the other members of the Congress. Here is the image of the original taken from the National Archives.

Here is a site where you can rent a viewing of the delightful movie 1776, based on the musical play, which depicts Thomas Jefferson and other members of Congress working on the Declaration. Share it with members of your family, especially any children.