Declaration and Constitution – sources


Cross posted from Mr. Darrell’s Wayback Machine, with permission, with minor edits.

Everybody needs to have a copy of the Declaration of Independence and  U.S. Constitution close at hand.

Original rought draft of the Declaration of Independence written out in longhand by Thomas Jefferson, featuring emendations by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams - Library of Congress Manuscripts Division

Original rough draft of the Declaration of Independence written out in longhand by Thomas Jefferson, featuring “emendations” by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams – Library of Congress Manuscripts Division

Too often I’ve been in classes where textbooks didn’t have them, though in some cases the course clearly required it (especially irritating in high school texts, but not unheard of in college texts).  The two documents are covered in depth in the requirements for Texas 10th grade social studies (world history), but not in the texts.

Both documents provide a foundation for analysis of events following, through the 19th and 20th centuries.

Where is the student of world history to find them?

Here:

Declaration of Independence

Constitution of the United States of America

Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where the Declaration and Constitution are kept on display - National Archives photo

Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., where the Declaration and Constitution are kept on display – National Archives photo

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2 Responses to Declaration and Constitution – sources

  1. mark says:

    Perhaps you could send these links to The Spokesman of the Republican Party so he could read the Constitution before misquoting it.

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  2. onkelbob says:

    What I think is telling (and often overlooked) is that the founding fathers produced the DoI on parchment. All you kids out their need to know the difference between paper and parchment. The former is from plant source and can last a couple of hundred years if properly stored. Parchment is prepared animal skin and will last 1000’s of years. (Look up the Rabbula Gospels.)

    Paper was cheap and widely available (think of all those independent presses and newspapers operating in the time of the revolution.) Parchment had to be a special order and someone gave up a lamb to produce it. The founding fathers knew the medium was the message, even 200+ years ago.

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