Sunday, July 04, 2010

Celebrate Our Independence

Jefferson changed 'subjects' to 'citizens' in Declaration of Independence

"'Subjects.'

That's what Thomas Jefferson first wrote in an early draft of the Declaration of Independence to describe the people of the 13 colonies.

But in a moment when history took a sharp turn, Jefferson sought quite methodically to expunge the word, to wipe it out of existence and write over it. Many words were crossed out and replaced in the draft, but only one was obliterated.

Over the smudge, Jefferson then wrote the word "citizens." ' (source)

The Declaration of Independence
The United States Constitution
The Bill of Rights

...And, it's not too late to find a TEA PARTY NEAR YOU!

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