Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, is shown placing the document before John Hancock, president of the Congress, in this painting by John Trumbull. The Architect of the Capitol hide caption

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The Declaration Of Independence, 240 Years Later

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The Mayflower, the ship in which the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic to the New World in 1620. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

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Artist John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence. It can be seen in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. /Library of Congress hide caption

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Just A Few Important Words About The Declaration Of Independence

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