The Constitution

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Comparing the Rough and Final Draft of the

Declaration of Independence

Michelle Clark

History 108

Professor Elledge

September 30, 201

The great writer, Thomas Jefferson, was appointed by the Second Continental Congress to draft the Declaration of Independence. On July 2, 1766 Jefferson was finished with his draft stating that the states are declaring freedom and independence from the British Throne. Two days later, on July 4th the alternations were accepted and the Declaration of Independence was finished. The Declaration was skillfully written with, "lists of specific grievances against King George III and his government" and "evidence for independence". This Declaration gave birth to the great country, to what it is known as today as the United States of America.[1: American stories: a history of the United StatesBy: Brands, H. W., and T. H. Breen.]

In comparing both the rough draft and the final draft of the Declaration of Independence there are a lot of obvious editing, deletion of words and passages but also similarities.

Both the rough and final draft wanted to emphasize that "all men were created equal" This was a big topic in the colonies. Some were still involved in the slave trade. There was an important statement that was the same in both drafts but slightly edited for the final paper,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.[2: Jefferson, Thomas, The Declaration of Independence, (1776), accessed September 25, 2014. <>]

This statement in the introduction of the grievances of the King; allows the citizens of America...