Declaration of Independence

John Trumball's "Declaration of Independence"

Today, we began our in-depth study of the Declaration of Independence.  It, and the decision to approve Richard Henry Lee’s motion to be “free and independent states,” stands as the most important moment of our American history.  It’s a defiant, clear, brave and rational declaration of the American people and their rights, not to mention the rights of all men.

I’ll be adding to this post through the week.  We’ll look at the different components of it, a rough draft by Jefferson, and other Enlightenment writers that influenced the document.  Your children were all given a copy of the Declaration today, so ask them for it if you’d like to read it.  We read it today in class, and it takes very little time (7 minutes).  Not only is it easy, it should be recommended for all of us.

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