Drafting the Declaration of Independence

What was cut, what was kept, and why

Lauren
Lessons from History
6 min readMay 19, 2021

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Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

On the evening of July 4, 1776, the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed by the members of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The famed introduction stated,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with

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Lauren
Lessons from History

Public historian • Writer • Passion for telling contested histories • she/her