Declaration House

Philadelphia
PA

On this site stood the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence

QUICK FACTS
  • Jefferson lived at Jacob Graff’s house, then on the outskirts of Philadelphia, from 23-May to 3-Sep-1776.
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A reconstruction of the house in which Thomas Jefferson rented rooms and where, in June 1776, he wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Associated People

By attacking slavery more fiercely than ever before, Revolutionary Americans freed tens of thousands of slaves. But the Revolution’s libertarian and egalitarian message had perverse consequences. It forced those Southerners who chose to retain slavery to fall back on the alleged racial deficiencies of blacks as a justification for an institution that hitherto they had taken for granted and had never before needed to justify. The anti-slavery movement that arose out of the Revolution inadvertently produced racism in America.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)