Declaration of Independence in the days before spell check

Posted on 04. Jul, 2012 by

It’s Independence Day, and a lot of attention is rightly shown to the United States Declaration of Independence.

We’re familiar with the famous words contained in this most historic document, but did you ever wonder what earlier drafts of the Declaration looked like before the finished product?

Editors regularly look at rough drafts of stories and make changes or suggestions, so it seemed fitting that a newspaper blog should provide you with a peek at a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. Here’s a link to the website USHistory.org

And for comparison, here’s a copy of the finished product.

Take the time to read this document today and reflect on how these words led to the free country we enjoy today. Happy Independence Day.

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