The Declaration of Independence, as the Truths Became Self-Evident

(Library Of Congress)
Friday, October 24, 2008

With less than two weeks before the presidential election, now is the time to reacquaint yourself with the Declaration of Independence -- especially if the last time you read it was in high school.

The Library of Congress opened a special exhibit in April called "Creating the United States." Among its treasures is a draft written by Thomas Jefferson, but what make the document even more interesting are the edits by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin that are written on it.

Interested? You'd better hurry. The document is so priceless that it must be taken off exhibit Wednesday in order to preserve it. It could be years before it is displayed again.

The draft is on view in the library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, today, Saturday and Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 202-707-5000 or visit FREE

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