Happy Independence Day to all of our American makers! In case you didn’t see this piece on Boing Boing, I thought I would post it here. I think it, and one of the first comments it received, speak volumes about this amazing experiment we call the United States of America.
Hyperspectral images of a draft of the Declaration of Independence reveal that it originally used the word ‘subjects’ instead of ‘citizens’ at a critical juncture. After writing “our fellow subjects,” author Thomas Jefferson scrubbed it out and replaced it with the familiar alternative.
And the second comment on Rob Beschizza’s post:
This is fascinating and telling on how the shift of one word can mean so much.
A lot gets written about you guys (USAers) and some of it may be accurate. But I do have to say as someone from across the border, the ideal is pretty impressive and admirable.
Indeed. Happy 4th of July, CITIZENS!