Wednesday, July 4, 2012
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.