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Elementary Library: The Declaration of Independence

Shannon Coyne

The Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence between June 11 and June 28 of 1776.

More information on: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention - The Work Begins - Writing the Constitution - The Great Compromise - Signing the Constitution click

Charters of Freedom - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights


Biographies of the Founding Fathers

   Colonial Hall now contains 103 biographical sketches of America's founding fathers. At this time we have divided them up into 3 groups:

Signers of the Declaration 
Signers of the Articles of Confederation 
Signers of the U. S. Constitution

The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

John Hancock 
Samuel Adams 
John Adams 
Robert Treat Paine 
Elbridge Gerry 
New Hampshire 

Josiah Bartlett 
William Whipple 
Matthew Thornton 
Rhode Island 

Stephen Hopkins 
William Ellery
Roger Sherman 
Samuel Huntington 
William Williams 
Oliver Wolcott 
New York 

William Floyd 
Philip Livingston 
Francis Lewis 
Lewis Morris 
New Jersey 

Richard Stockton 
John Witherspoon 
Francis Hopkinson 
John Hart 
Abraham Clark
Robert Morris 
Benjamin Rush 
Benjamin Franklin 
John Morton 
George Clymer 
James Smith 
George Taylor 
James Wilson 
George Ross 

Caesar Rodney 
George Read 
Thomas M' Kean
Samuel Chase 
William Paca 
Thomas Stone 
Charles Carrol 

George Wythe 
Richard Henry Lee 
Thomas Jefferson 
Benjamin Harrison 
Thomas Nelson, Jr. 
Francis Lightfoot Lee 
Carter Braxton
North Carolina 
William Hooper 
Joseph Hewes 
John Penn 
South Carolina 

Edward Rutledge 
Thomas Heyward 
Thomas Lynch 
Arthur Middleton 

Button Gwinnett 
Lyman Hall 
George Walton


Bill of Rights

James Madison wrote the Bill of Rights in response to concerns that the U.S. Constitution didn't properly protect the rights of individuals. This document became the first ten amendments to the Constitution.


Rights of Citizens:
The Bill of Rights

When the Constitution was ratified in 1789, many people were concerned that it did not protect certain freedoms. They thought that the Constitution should be changed or amended to protect these freedoms. On December 15, 1791, ten amendments were added to the Constitution. These amendments guarantee certain freedoms and rights, so they are known as the Bill of Rights.

Some of the freedoms and rights protected in the Bill of Rights include:

  • Freedom of Religion and of Assembly
  • To Keep and Bear Arms
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Protection for those Accused of Crimes


US Constitution

The United States Constitution is the highest law of the land in the United States. All other laws in the United states come from the Constitution. The Constitution explains how the government is supposed to work. The Constitution also creates the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Every state in the United States also has their own constitution. The state constitutions are their highest law of the land for that state, but the Constitution of the United States is still higher.

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