|In this photo:
REPRODUCTION of the LAP DESK on which Thomas Jefferson wrote
the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. This reproduction
was created to honor the document's 100th anniversary.
||On loan from the collection of:
||--Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville VA
SAND SHAKER used on the original Declaration of Independence
to dry and blot the wet ink, 1776
||--Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston MA
COSTUMES (reproductions) of the style worn by Thomas Jefferson
and in the background a British Redcoat. Also a facsimile of
the first draft of the Declaration penned by Jefferson
||--Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum,
West Branch IA
THE COLONIES COMMIT TREASON
In order to receive financial help from other nations,
the United Colonies needed to formally separate from England. John
Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston and THOMAS
JEFFERSON prepared the resolution. The writing fell to Jefferson
who struggled with several drafts, but then moved the argument to
a higher level when he declared "all men are created equal."
The first draft was presented on June 28. Many revisions
were negotiated, but the primary dispute over the freedom for slaves
was deleted from the document
after the war and if a new
nation truly formed, then a new government would address the issue.
On July 4, 1776, the traitors signed
the Declaration of Independence. The world would never again be
Quietly idealistic, THOMAS JEFFERSON at 33 years old was a "Renaissance
man" - scholar, lawyer, naturalist, inventor, architect, and
violin player fluent in six languages.
Jefferson was convinced by John Adams to write the first draft.
"Reason first - You are a Virginian, and a Virginian ought
to appear at the head of this business. Reason second - I am obnoxious,
suspected, and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third
- you can write ten times better than I can."