New York Public Library Displaying a Draft of Jefferson’s Vision for the U.S.





One of early America’s most important documents — written in an angry frame of mind — is on display at the New York Public Library.

A draft of the Declaration of Independence, written in Thomas Jefferson’s own hand, suggests that the man who became the third president of the United States was unhappy with Congress in the days after July 4, 1776, when the Declaration was ratified.

On June 11, 1776, Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration, was one of five men asked by the Second Continental Congress to create a draft of the document that would shape the future of the young nation.



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