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  • S H C

    Thomas Jefferson (left), Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. I want a Founding Father room (office, bathroom, etc)

  • Dave Herd

    Independence Day is celebrated 2 days too late. The 2nd Continental Congress voted for Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776. The written document wasn't edited and approved until 4th of July, and that was date printers affixed to "broadside" announcements sent out across land. July 2 was soon forgotten.

  • Nancy (Bass) Ferry

    Thomas Jefferson (left), Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. My three favorite men in American History.

  • Julia Fiadh Dreaming

    Cool article from National Geographic that debunks several myths surrounding the American Revolution. Painting is of Thomas Jefferson (left), Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

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