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Professor Abrams Writes Journal of the Missouri Bar Article About the Declaration of Independence

In June 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed 33-year-old delegate Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence. The Virginian presented his draft two weeks later, and the full 65-delegate Congress spent two days editing it line-by-line, making about 80 changes. The consensus of historians and political scientists is that Congress’ meticulous, skillful editing bolstered the document’s elegance and assured…

Professor Abrams: How an Historian’s Writing Influenced JFK in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Professor Doug Abrams writes an article about legal writing in each issue of the Journal of The Missouri Bar. His latest article recounts how President John F. Kennedy was profoundly influenced during the Cuban Missile Crisis by The Guns of August, historian Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic and gracefully written account of how European powers stumbled into World War I through miscalculations.…