Exhibit Theme

Declaring Independence

Next Image Next Image Previous Image Previous Image
Thomas Jefferson’s notes on...
Image Caption

Thomas Jefferson’s notes on drafting the Declaration of Independence. June 1776

Jefferson labored more than two weeks drafting the Declaration of Independence to justify and explain to the world America’s reasons for renouncing British rule. In these notes sent to James Madison, Jefferson uses language that appeared in the final version of the Declaration, enumerating the abuses of liberty by King George III that provoked the separation.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress