Download Transcript: Declaring Independence

In this video, Professor Rosemarie Zagarri describes the process – and the danger – of declaring independence. She also discusses the audience and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, including the revision of Thomas Jefferson’s initial draft.

Source: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Declaration of Independence: Planning the Declaration (Fairfax, VA, 2010), accessed September 20, 2011. Full video in Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Loudoun County Public Schools, “Source Analysis: Declaration of Independence,” Foundations of U.S. History, accessed September 16, 2011.


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