Americans: Subjects or Citizens?

In drafting the Declaration of Independence, 32-year-old Thomas Jefferson struggled for the proper word to describe the American public. He first called them “our fellow subjects” and then changed the word to “citizens,” digital technology has revealed. The Library of Congress, employing hyperspectral imaging from a high-resolution digital camera to the original draft of the Declaration, discovered Jefferson’s changing word choices. Learn more.

Just think: what if Jefferson’s original wording was kept?

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