Question 62
Establishing Independence
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was an important political leader and thinker. He wanted to create a government for the United States that protected individual rights. Thomas Jefferson wrote that the United States was free from Britain. He wrote that all men are created equal. He wrote that everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He wrote the Declaration of Independence on this desk. The ideas in the Declaration helped shape the American government. These ideas are still important today.

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