12 Little-Known Secrets About The Declaration Of Independence

5. The Ideas In The Declaration Weren’t Original

5. The Ideas In The Declaration Weren't Original

Thomas Jefferson himself has been recorded as stating that this was not a philosophically groundbreaking document. Exact phrases and ideas are copied from Jefferson’s Constitution of Virginia, as well as from The 1689 English Declaration of Rights, which ended King James II’s reign as ruler of England. The Declaration of Independence was a reiteration of American ideology.

6. George Washington Read It Aloud In New York

6. George Washington Read It Aloud In New York

When Commander George Washington read the Declaration aloud in front of City Hall for his troops, while British soldiers were in their boats in the harbor, the crowd was so rowdy that they tore down a statue of George III and melted it for musket balls to show their verve for independence.

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