Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4: Declaration of Independence

Declaration_of_independenceThe Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, is the textual basis for the "Fourth of July" or "Independence Day" holiday. 

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the document itself (or what we have come to consider the document but is actually a 1823 transcription) is on view at The National Archives.

The text is also available on the National Archives website.

The status of the Declaration of Independence as a foundational document is undisputed.  However, its status as quasi-constitutional is subject to debate.

Unlike in the 2010-2011 Term, however, the United States Supreme Court did not seem to cite the Declaration of Independence even once in this past Term's opinions.


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