Happy Independence Day 2010 from The Little American and family!
Wishing you all a very festive and safe holiday celebration.
History of the Fourth
"WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS..."
Thomas Jefferson's Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence (Library of Congress)
On June 11, 1776, the colonies' Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia formed a committee with the express purpose of drafting a document that would formally sever their ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. The document was crafted by Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer. (Nevertheless, a total of 86 changes were made to his draft.) The final version was officially adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4.