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Displaying Origins of a Nation

Declaration of Independence, other original documents at library



    Displaying Origins of a Nation
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    A page from the Declaration of Independence (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    I’m a history wonk. I freely admit that.

    I’ve been known to watch the History Channel deep into the wee hours of the morning when my sleepy brain failed to engage the “hit the record button, stupid” command.

    While Imperial Rome remains my primary guilty pleasure, I do have a soft spot for early American history because, well, because I live here.

    That very same American history — some of the founding documents — now sit on display at the Dallas Central Library downtown. Really kind of ironic after you read this.

    Anyway, the exhibit, called Democracy in America, runs through Aug. 15. It tells the story of an emerging nation through original documents, including a copy of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay — oh, just Google them — along with earlier works that shaped the young’s republic’s philosophical makeup such as the Magna Carta, “Social Contract,” and “Two Treatises of Government.”

    There is no truth to the rumor the exhibit includes a to-do list from a day in Benjamin Franklin’s life — “Admire turkeys, fly kite, found new nation, hit on Parisian hotties.”

    Ah, revisionist history.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is a great admirer of Thomas Alva Jefferson. What? Well, what was his middle name, then?