Declaration of Independence reading activity

Translating the Declaration of Independence

Below is a photo of Thomas Jefferson.

  • who is the author of the Declaration of Independence
  • He later became the 3rd President of the United States
  • His face is on the Nickle.
  • He owned hundreds of slaves as did many signers of the Declaration

Next to Thomas Jefferson is John Trumbull’s painting called “Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776” Notice that all the men in the room are white. Did this Declaration include independence for people like our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama?

Finally, the last painting is by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. It was painted in 1900 but the Declaration was written in 1776. In the painting Thomas Jefferson is to the far right, John Adams is in the center, and Benjamin Franklin is to the far left.


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