"We Hold These Truths...": Writing the Declaration of Independence
Martha Jefferson: Education, Arts, Letters and Ideas
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: Three class periods
Certainly one of the most important events in the life of Martha Jefferson and all other colonists was the writing of the Declaration of Independence, which officially separated the Colonies from Great Britain. Although several members of the Continental Congress were on the committee to write the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson actually did the initial writing. There is a popular story that says that during the time the Declaration was being written, Jefferson was so lonely for his wife that John Adams sent for her to come to Philadelphia from Virginia to keep him company!
Rough Draft of Declaration of Independence
Final Declaration of Independence
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.