Years before George Washington would become President of a brand new country called " The United States of America," Thomas Jefferson hunkered down in a candle-it room and penned a letter that shook loose the heavy iron chains of tyrannical monarchy. In writing the simple, " ... we hold these truths to be self-evident - that all men are created equal." Thomas Jefferson told the King of England that the colonists were not going to be treated as his inferior subjects any longer. This book describes fascinating facts and fun activities your students will love. The American Milestone series are a favorite among teachers nationwide. This book includes ideas for lesson plans, hands-on activities, biographies, fascinating facts and stories. Your students will be amazed as they study the Declaration of Independence. The American Milestone series meets national and social studies standards. This 32-page, paperback book is reproducible and educational.