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Editing the Declaration

If you had to edit the Declaration of Independence, could you? Would you search for formatting and grammatical errors or would you focus on the content? Maybe you would do both. Of course, once you edit it, you have to give it back to the writer. Are you ready to deal with an angry author?

These two activities are meant to take you back to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. This resource is inspired by the Society's handwritten draft that Thomas Jefferson gave to Richard Henry Lee. Known as a "clean copy," it is an initial draft that contains details on edits suggested and made by the Continental Congress and various publishers.  

The activities provide details on how the known versions of the Declaration differ, the timelines that gave us those versions, and an exercise in editing this founding document. Research conducted by Education staff, particularly Christine Freije.

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