342 - The Virginia Declaration of Rights (1)

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Prior to the Declaration of Independence being adopted, Virginia adopted their Declaration of Rights.

A Declaration of Right
Is made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in full and free convention which rights do pertain to them and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government.

George Mason wrote this declaration, but its impact goes far beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia. We can see the influence of this document on Thomas Jefferson in the opening paragraphs of the Declaration. Let's take some time and look at this predecessor of our Declaration of Independence.

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