June 11

Congress appoints Committee of Five to draft Declaration of Independence

June 11, 1776

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  • The Declaration of Independence: "An Expression of the American Mind"
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    The Declaration of Independence: "An Expression of the American Mind"

    This lesson plan looks at the major ideas in the Declaration of Independence, their origins, the Americans’ key grievances against the King and Parliament, their assertion of sovereignty, and the Declaration’s process of revision. Upon completion of the lesson, students will be familiar with the document’s origins, and the influences that produced Jefferson’s “expression of the American mind.”

Ben Jonson, English poet and dramatist, born

June 11, 1572

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