Creating the Declaration of Independence

Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/16/17
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location
The Heartland Institute

Hosted by
Heartland Institute


Creating the Declaration of Independence

Heartland Institute

Wednesday
August 16, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Lawyer Dave Shestokas will discuss his new book, Creating the Declaration of Independence, which takes you to the weeks before July 4, 1776, and into the minds of Richard Henry Lee, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.

Dave Shestokas, J.D., is an attorney who views his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution as his duty to truly understand the text of the document, as well as the philosophy behind it. He will discuss his latest book, Creating the Declaration of Independencewhich takes you into the minds of Richard Henry Lee, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson in the weeks before July 4, 1776. Experience Lee’s trepidation as he knows when he proposes American Independence to the Second Continental Congress that he is literally risking beheading. Join Adams and Jefferson at City Tavern as they begin crafting the Declaration and follow the story of how Jefferson came to reluctantly draft the Declaration when few others, including Adams, thought Jefferson’s assignment was important. Shestokas will even tell us of a shortcut Jefferson used to craft a document of such immortality on such short notice and how that shortcut affects the work of the U.S. Supreme Court even today.

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