Talk:Declaration of Independence

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The statement is made: "Invoking the authority of God frequently throughout the document" I only see four: The reference in the opening sentence which refers to the "Laws of Nature and Nature's God" is the first. The second is that all men are endowed by their "Creator" with certain unalienable rights (well, as long as they were White). Finally, the closing paragraph mentions the Supreme Judge of the World and Divine Providence.

With the exception the Creator's endowment phrase, all seem to be somewhat perfunctory in nature; almost pro-forma.

But, I guess the four times in this document beats out the one reference in the Consititution.

Previous versions of the document itself

Does anyone plan to make any reference to differences between the final text of the Declaration and the original draft (and any other drafts) that Thomas Jefferson actually made?--TerryHTalk 14:41, 30 July 2007 (EDT)

Added several links and a photo of the first rough draft page from Jefferson. Karajou 12:30, 3 August 2007 (EDT)


I wrote the new material and previously posted parts to Citizendium and Wikipedia. RJJensen 12:11, 26 September 2008 (EDT)

History question

After signing the Declaration did the colonies officially become states or was not until Independence and the Articles were singed? Before 13 colonies split, each state was a royal province e.g. the Province of Connecticut. During the war they were no longer called royal but did they have official naming such as Colony of Connecticut? --Jpatt 00:01, 20 October 2009 (EDT)

good question. In May 1776 Congress asked most of the "colonies" to write new constitutions as "states." As late as July 1, 1776 they called themselves the "United Colonies" and on July 4 1776 they became the "United States of America" RJJensen 00:08, 20 October 2009 (EDT)