In June 1776, the US Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia to talk independence. A committee, including Thomas Jefferson, drafted the Declaration of Independence, but did you know that there was a big deletion before it was approved by the full Congress?

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Thomas Jefferson is credited with writing the bulk of the Declaration of Independence, but Congress was responsible for approving the final version of the famous document. Congress provided a few small edits and deleted one big statement by Jefferson – that King George the III was responsible for the slave trade and was preventing America from ending slavery. Congress wanted no mention of slavery in the nation’s founding document.