Among his many accomplishments, Thomas Jefferson was extraordinarily proud of his prominent role in writing the Declaration of Independence. Though he accepted the assignment with reluctance, Jefferson set to the task with great passion and ended up producing the defining instrument of the American Revolution. The Library of Congress has an online exhibit that traces the process by which this remarkable document was crafted. At the exhibit site you'll learn more about the people, documents, and writings that influenced Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence.
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Start at the Thomas Jefferson Web site.
- Click on the Declaration of Independence topic. When you have read through the information, return to the "Home" page by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page. Then click on the Legacy topic to view the information on that page.
- Browse through the site, taking notes as you go.
After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.