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Engraving of Jefferson placing the Declaration before the Continental Congress as Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock look on
Jefferson places the Declaration before the Continental Congress

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The Declaration of Independence
The Constitution, which wasn't written until 1787, outlines our form of government and explains what kinds of laws we can make. The Declaration is more about the ideals of our country. Do you know who some of the other committee members of the Continental Congress were? In this painting, Jefferson is the tall man placing the Declaration on the table. Benjamin Franklin sits to his right, and John Hancock sits behind the table. How do you think Jefferson felt about the Declaration at the end of his life?
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