Part 1 -- How long did it take Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence?
7 days 17 days 27 days
The answer: 17
Thomas began drafting the Declaration on June 11 and finished on June 28, 1776. He had a few books and pamphlets to help him.
The Declaration was revised by members of Congress like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, and it was adopted on July 4, 1776, less than a month after Jefferson started writing it.
Part 2— Which two signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence later became president?
Thomas Jefferson/George Washington
John Adams/ Thomas Jefferson
James Madison/ Thomas Jefferson
George Washington/ James Madison
And the answer is . . .
Did you guess right?
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
56 men signed the Declaration of Independence, but only 2 became president. Most people think George Washington was a signer, but he was kind of busy . . . he was defending New York City from the British. Instead he followed John Hancock’s instructions and read it to the Continental Army on July 9th, just 5 days later.
James Madison wasn’t part of the Continental Congress in 1776. He was just 25, and a member of the Virginia state legislature. Madison became a delegate 4 years later. At age 29, he was the youngest delegate and later became one of our founding fathers.
John Adams signed on the right side of the Declaration. He became our second president, serving one term, from 1797-1801. John was a lawyer, diplomat, and political theorist. He was also known for his diary and correspondence, especially with his wife Abigail.
Thomas Jefferson signed in the middle, five from the bottom. He was John Adams vice president and then our third president. He served two terms from 1801-1809. He advocated for democracy, republicanism, and individual rights for our country.
More Info -- en.wikipedia.org
Part 3 – Final question — Which country hosts the biggest 4th of July celebrations outside of the USA?
Argentina Australia Denmark Ireland.
None of these felt right, but the answer is . . . Denmark!
The Rebildfesten or Rebild Festival started with a Danish chemist from Illinois, Max Henius. He started a group who bought a patch of land that became Denmark’s first national park. They donated it to Denmark’s king who promised that it would always be a place to celebrate America’s Independence. Many Danish-Americans still return to celebrate our 4th of July in Denmark.
Here’s the link for this year’s festival: https://www.rebildfesten.dk/rebild-festival-2019
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!