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A July 4th tradition in our household is to read the Declaration of Independence. (Actually we read it and the Constitution + Bill of Rights more than once a year so sharing in hopes it inspires others.)
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.
We invite you to read the complete text of the Declaration on Archives.gov and share it with others.
Please also take some time to reflect on the service and sacrifices of our military men and women (and their families) who continue to give so much each and every day to protect our freedoms.
Happy birthday America and hope everyone has a fun, safe holiday! j & B
Source + more info at Archives.gov