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“A Declaration” that Changed the Course of History

by Rick Atkinson The fateful news traveled swiftly on the post road from Philadelphia, covering more than ninety miles and crossing five rivers in just a couple of days. Precise copies were then made of the thirteen-hundred-word broadside, titled “A

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How General George Washington Spies Defeated the British

General George Washington

by John A. Nagy General George Washington was always concerned about spies. They were a constant problem except when the armies were on the move. He knew he could not stop all of them, so feeding them false information was

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FDR Secures the Declaration of Independence, May 13, 1942

Declarations of Independence

by Stephen Puleo May 13, 1942, Securing the Declaration of Independence at the U.S. Bullion Depository, Fort Knox, 3:30 p.m Under the watchful eyes of Verner Clapp and two restoration experts from Harvard, guards carried the case containing the Declaration

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Jefferson’s “Scientific” Declaration of Independence

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by Tom Shachtman Before Thomas Jefferson began to write a draft of the Declaration of Independence, the majority of the delegates to the Second Continental Congress were already on record as agreeing that “it is necessary that the exercise of

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Drafts of the Declaration of Independence

original draft of the Declaration of Independence

By Callie Oettinger From the Library of Congress: This is the only surviving fragment of the earliest composition draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Jefferson in mid-June 1776. This version was heavily edited before he prepared the “fair

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