If you grew up in the United States, then you will have read the Declaration of Independence. Have you ever read Thomas Jefferson’s rough draft of the document, which was edited by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams prior to being presented to the Congress?
Here’s one of the best-known portions of the document, indicating
deletions and additions:
We hold these truths to be self-evident,
sacred & undeniable; that all Men are created equal & independent; that from that equal creation they derive in rightsthey are endowed by their creator with equal rights, some of which areinherent & inalienable rights; that among these whichare the preservation oflife, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness;
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