Portrait of Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.

Declaration of Independence (Rough Draft) External Links

June 11, 1776–June 28, 1776

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Declaration of Independence

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.

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  • Article Title Declaration of Independence (Draft) External Links
  • Coverage June 11, 1776–June 28, 1776
  • Author
  • Keywords The Declaration of Independence [Rough Draft] (1776)
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date March 7, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021