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    Thomas Jefferson rightly receives the lionshare of credit for writing the Declaration of Independence, though he wasn't the only founder who had a hand in its creation. Following the introduction and debate of Richard Henry Lee's resolution to dissolve ties with Great Britain, the Second Continental Congress appointed a Committee of Five -- John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson -- to write the Declaration during the Congressional recess. Later, Jefferson wrote of the Committee:
    "unanimously pressed on myself alone to undertake the draught [sic]. I consented; I drew it; but before I reported it to the committee I communicated it separately to Dr. Franklin and Mr. Adams requesting their corrections. . . I then wrote a fair copy, reported it to the committee, and from them, unaltered to the Congress."

    There is excellent article at See Thru Education by Robert Paquette, Hamilton College Professor of History, who also is a co-founder of The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. Previously, we have featured Prof. Paquette's battles with multicultural dogma on campus, Western Civilization driven off campus at Hamilton College. Prof. Paquette's post is How American Universities Assassinated the Fourth of July:
    “American exceptionalism” would not become the whipping-bench of the professoriate until the last decades of the twentieth century, yet Americans from the first Independence Day onward, without the term in their lexicon, had a sense, somewhat mystical, but nonetheless deeply ingrained, of what might be called an orthodoxy, that their system of government exemplified by design a standard of moral rectitude that would not only bring peace and prosperity to themselves but serve as a liberating beacon light for oppressed people around the world....
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