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Drafting the Declaration of Independence

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Drafting the Declaration of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson penned the greater part of the document, working closely with other founding fathers, including Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. It opens with the powerful statement that "all men are created equal" and "endowed with certain unalienable Rights."

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