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sebastian chokka

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Thomas Jefferson
Hi. I am Thomas Jefferson. I live in a place called Monticello in Virginia. I drafted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration Of Independence was signed on July 4th, but some of the people who needed to sign it were not present, all of the signatures were done around August 2nd. I died at Monticello on July 4, 1826. This was exactly 50 years since the Declaration of Independence was adopted. I did the Louisiana Purchace, and sent Louis & Clark on their expedition. I was 83 years old when I died.

The Second Continental congress
On May 10th, 1775, patriot leaders began meeting in Philadelphia for the 2nd continental congress. George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and many others were included. Their main job was to organize the colonies for war against the British. Before the colonists met, British soldiers faught against members of the Patriot militia at the towns of Lexington and Concord.
Thomas Paine and Common Sense
Thomas Paine published a booklet called "Common Sense" in 1774. "Common Sense" had a great effect on the colonists. He wrote simply and strongly in words anyone could understand. Although colonists still thought of Britain as their parent, He said "parents do not make war on their families".
Writing The Declaration of Independence.
"Common Sense" helped convince the Continental Congress to seek independence. John Adams And Benjamin Franklin asked Thomas Jefferson to draft the document of our freedom. He was only 33 years old when he did.
After the continental congress passed the D of I, a handwritten copy was presented to the delegates to sign. It was presented on July 4th but not finished signing until around August 2nd, the next year.
Signing Of
The Declaration of Independence

Declaration Of Independence Video
Thomas Jefferson's Desk

Thomas Jefferson's desk, 1776

Thomas Jefferson's Desk, one of the many inventions Jefferson made for himself, was designed in May 1776 and built by Benjamin Randolph, a Patriot and cabinetmaker. It features a lap desk with an adjustable book rest and a lockable drawer, and Jefferson planned to use it while traveling between Monticello and Philadelphia.
The Founding Fathers were the
framers of the D Of I.The Framers were just
a group of smart people with families, land, jobs and a passion of their country. They were the people who signed the D of I: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison and Sam Adams were just a few.

Framers of Declaration of
Facts About The Declaration Of Independance
One of the most mistakes about the Declaration of Independence is that it was signed on July 4, 1776. In fact, it wasnt fully signed until August 2nd.
The Declaration and Constitution were hidden away during World War II
More than one copy exists.
There were hundreds of copies made of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, but only 26 remain. Almost all are in musems, 3 are privately owned.

There is something written on the back of the Declaration. Evan though in "National Treasure" it is a code, It just plainly states "ORIGINAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE/DATED JULY 4TH 1776" It is believed that it was put there many years ago as a label for when it was stored away..
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