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26Jan 19

Does the Declaration of Independence have a sixth author?

It is commonly held that a “Committee of Five” penned the Declaration of Independence. It included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. In October 2018, university researcher Gary Berton said that American revolutionary Thomas Paine also had a hand in writing the document. Paine…

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19Aug 16

Family finds letter from Thomas Jefferson in attic

A box thought to simply contain family heirlooms ended up holding something much more valuable. A Mississippi family discovered a letter from Thomas Jefferson to their ancestor, US Ambassador to France William Crawford. The letter contains Jefferson's thoughts on the end of the War of 1812, in which he compares…

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12Aug 16
Presidential Footsteps In Philadelphia? They’re Everywhere

Presidential footsteps in Philadelphia? They’re everywhere

The 2016 Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia. The city was a particularly important location during the American Revolutionary War, and the Declaration of Independence was signed there in the 18th century. Other landmarks include Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Read more about Philadelphia's connection to the American…

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American Revolution Museum Tweets

Video: A military troop parades in celebration of the declaration of independence in the 1960s

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Watch footage of a military troop matching in honor of the Declaration of Independence during the 1960s.

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