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The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson
Analyze the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson.
What European thinkers and writers influenced Thomas Jefferson? How did Jefferson modify their ideas? The Declaration was actually written by a committee. Who, besides Jefferson, was involved? What are two specific charges made against the King? Why do you think Jefferson made these accusations? Compare the “final” version of this document with the “original rough draft” of the Declaration of Independence. Find one change that was made by Congress. Why do you think this change was made? What is natural law? How does this idea reflect Enlightenment thinking? In what ways does the Declaration of Independence reflect this idea?