Jefferson Mistake in Declaration of Independence

By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever

None of us is perfect, of course, but it’s interesting to note mistakes of particular notoriety, such as the one Thomas Jefferson apparently made in the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence.

He initially referred to “citizens” as “subjects.”

While that might seem like a heinous error to us today, it’s important to remember that before we gained our independence, that was the common reference.

Perhaps my making reference to this on July 14 and not July 4 might seem like a heinous oversight to some of you as well, but maybe I think all days are fitting to celebrate our independence. Did you ever think of that?

Or I forgot to post it earlier.

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