Declaration of Independence Timeline Activity

Duration: 30-60 min

The words “all men are created equal” have echoed throughout history. Since 1776, there have been approximately 120 declarations of independence made by different countries and different peoples. This activity will explore the impact of these words by building a timeline of significant events, historical documents, and moments in time when the American Declaration of Independence has been used to advocate for the expansion of human rights.  Ultimately, student will answer the question “How have the words and ideas in the Declaration of Independence impacted human rights around the world?”

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Middle School, High School

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Jacqueline Langholtz
Manager of School & Group Programs
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville, VA 22902