The Declaration of Independence: Created Equal?

Declaration of Independence

Overview

Through discussion and primary source analysis, students investigate Thomas Jefferson’s efforts to deal with the complex issues of equality and slavery in the Declaration of Independence. After, students rewrite the Declaration of Independence (or portions of it) to fit a contemporary society and may also stage a mock trial with the students playing the roles of Jefferson and others and Library of Congress primary sources serving as evidence.

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Grade

High School

Subjects

Civics, Social Studies

Length

120-160 minutes

Topics

American Revolution, declaration of independence, equality, slavery, Thomas Jefferson

Author

Teaching with the Library of Congress

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