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.

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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:

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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.

Happy 4th.

Indeed. Happy 4th of July, CITIZENS!

Draft of Declaration of Independence named subjects, not citizens

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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