The text in the first column is from a copy in the handwriting of john adams from a comparison of it with the facsimile of jefferson's rough draft, it is evident that it represents the first phrasing of the paper the text in the second column is approximately that reported by the committee to congress, and is taken from jefferson's. America's declaration of independence from the british empire was the nation's founding moment but it was not inevitable map of the british colonies in north america in 1763 image courtesy the library of congress until the spring of 1776 , most colonists believed that the british empire provided them protection and.
“the declaration of independence[is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and of the rights of man” — thomas jefferson, 1819 message from the director the declaration of independence and the constitution of the united states are the two most important, and enduring documents in our nation's history it has been. Declaration of independence: making comparisons name: directions: read through each version and circle or underline unfamiliar words then make notes, or draw lines and arrows, to identify or indicate differences between the “rough draught” and the first printed version thomas jefferson's original rough draught.
(sec 225) further similarities in phraseology could be shown, but it is assumed that the above passages make the point it has been said that, in writing the declaration of independence, jefferson had succeeded admirably in condensing locke's fundamental ar- gument into a few hundred words 4 4 alfred h kelly.
The text of the declaration can be divided into five sections--the introduction, the preamble, the indictment of george iii, the denunciation of the british treatises of his own time, thomas jefferson, draftsman of the declaration, was a diligent student of rhythm, accent, timing, and cadence in discourse.