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VOL. 32 NO. 28
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July 3-9, 1998 40 CENTS
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The 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.
"The Second Day of July 1776 will be the mostmemorable Epocha, in the History of
America...It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports,
Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other
from this Time forward forever more." - John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776
The momentous decision of the Continental Congress to sever its ties to Great Britain came
on July 2, 1776, which is the date that John Adams thought should be celebrated by future
generations. The Declaration of Independence, drafted mostly by Thomas Jefferson, and
edited by his colleagues in the Continental Congress, was adapted 2 days later, July 4, 1776.
Contents taken from the records of The National Archives and Administration, Washington, D.C.
Courtesy of American Legion Auxiliary #86, Bethpage