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Declaration of Independence

Explore ways to learn more about the Declaration, including primary and secondary resources, and teaching tools.

The Declaration in the News

  • Declaration of Independence Southwick Broadside Install and Ribbon Cutting Video - May 3, 2018
  • History of the Declaration of Independence - a talk given by David Konig, professor of law and professor emeritus of history at Washington University in St. Louis, on July 3, 2018, about the history of the Declaration of Independence and the importance of Washington University Libraries' rare copy of the document.
  • A Declaration and a Mystery - HEC-TV video on the Declaration of Independence
  • Hold That Thought - The Southwick Broadside" - Listen to this episode of the Hold That Thought podcast with Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books
  • Anniversaries of Independence - Part I & Part II The program—entitled Anniversaries of Independence—celebrated two important milestones in the fight for equality and freedom: the centennial of the 19th Amendment (giving women the right to vote) and the centennial of the founding of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Part I of this program featured an abridged reading of the speech “The Declaration of the Rights of the Women of the United States” (July 4, 1876), and Part II was a panel discussion on women’s suffrage and the ACLU featuring Elizabeth Katz, associate professor of law at Washington University, and Miranda Rectenwald, Washington University Libraries’ curator of Local History.