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Did you know that in a draft of the Constitution, we were referred to as "subjects"?

Hyperspectral images of a draft of the Declaration of Independence reveal that it originally used the word 'subjects' instead of 'citizens' at a critical juncture. After writing "our fellow subjects," author Thomas Jefferson scrubbed it out and replaced it with the familiar alternative.

To the Library of Congress, whose Preservation Research and Testing Division analyzed the document with the latest high-resolution camera equipment, it illustrates an important moment: "when [Jefferson] reconsidered his choice of words and articulated the recognition that the people of the fledgling United States of America were no longer subjects of any nation, but citizens of an emerging democracy."

Some fun facts in honor of the 4th!

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 6:27 PM on Jul. 3, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They think that he changed his mind about the wording and "erased" the word subjects before the ink had dried. It shows his thought process at the time and how his thinking evolved even during the writing of rough draft. Although, he was correct in stating they were fellow subjects, because at the time he wrote it they were all still subjects under the king's rule.
    anime_mom619

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 6:36 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • Cool thing to know. Thanks Sweet!
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 6:35 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • Well, they had been referred to as subjects of the king. It was found and revised. That is why it was in a draft and not the final document.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:28 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • We LOVE to go to independence hall. I'm actually pretty pissed we can't go to the fourth celebration tomorrow. There's a free concert with The Roots and Goo Goo dolls, crazy food, a free mile long row of activities for the kiddies...
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:34 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • OMG, so jealous sweet!
    here's the link I was drooling over

    http://www.americasbirthday.com/
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:43 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • it would be worth it to see the roots. plus without kids... much easier navigation. Let me know if you go and liked it... maybe I'll get a sitter next year..
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:54 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • I saw it on Glenn Beck, sweet were you watching Beck? LOL

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:28 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 6:27 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • Cool thing to know. Thanks Sweet!


    Your welcome, thought it was pretty cool....If you ever been to Philadelphia and to Independence Hall, you can take a tour and see the room where they held meetings and where some (ahem BEN FRANKLIN) even doodled on the desks abd chairs! lol...it's pretty interesting stuff

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 6:38 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

  • Hey Lovin, Maybe I'll go with hubby..we are KID FREE for the weekend!


    I used to manage a souveneir shop in the Bourse building!! Neat little job....Have you ever done the Lights of Liberty tour at night?

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 7:39 PM on Jul. 3, 2010

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