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What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis

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In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.

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You can read more about the history of the Declaration of Independence and American Revolution in Don’t Know Much About® History by Kenneth C. Davis. www.dontknowmuch.com

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Here is an extended blog series on whatever became of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Here are more places to learn about the Declaration of Independence:
The Charters of Freedom at the National Archives
Primary Documents from the Library of Congress
Independence National Historical Park-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The song used in this lesson can be found here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/New_York_Milita...
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How could history be different now if Jefferson would have been more powerful?
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How could the committee omit the topic of slavery in the Declaration if they truly wanted life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens?
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Maybe the key points that they made in the Declaration might have not been made and many of the freedoms that they asked for would have not been thought of.
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Although i knew abot thommas jefferson writing the declaration of independence, robert livingston, ben franklin, john adams, and roger sherman played a major part in writing the declaration of independence. But i most certainally didnt know that there was suppose to be a part of the declaration of independence that told abot slavery
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How would people look at the Declaration of Independence in today's world if the part about slavery were included ?
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The Declaration of Independence has always been an important part of our history. In High School I have learned about how Thomas Jefferson was one of the main authors of the Declaration of Independence. However, I did not know that he based his ideas of of other people work that he admired. Another major point that stuck pout to me was the overall removal of slavery from being mentioned in the document. I believed they removed the mentioning of slavery since they wished to risk a debate over the issue. At that time many southern states still owned or had slaves, they needed the southern states supports.
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The government always protected private property why was slavery or servants considered property for so long ? Someone should have known that it violated the core of the American revolutionary ideal of life, liberty and happiness. How can they accept such a system that owns others? The founding fathers wanted no word of slavery in the nations founding documents bcause they knew from the beginning that would have caused war or should I say more wars. Slavery should have never been accepted ino this nation. It took five men in a hot room to write the declaration of independence and a group of men called the founding fathers to review the documents. It was no question that the founding fathers had control to make that statement loud and clear,
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If they had not gotten rid of the section, would there still be a world war?
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