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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…