Jefferson was upset that slavery was edited out of the Declaration of Independence.
In his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson [wiki] listed the British crown’s support and importation of slavery to the colonies as one of the grievances:
"He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither."
The passage, however, was edited out by request of the delegates from South Carolina and Georgia. Jefferson (himself a slave owner!) remained upset about this removal of the condemnation of slavery until his death.
Identify the works that influenced Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence. Describe Jefferson's vision of the document's impact.
Use this knowledge to create a collage that represents personal ideas of freedom and indicates the literary, artistic, and musical works that influenced compositions.