Friday Fun: Declaration of Independence


Since tomorrow is Independence Day, here’s a fun fact for you. In the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote the words: “…life, liberty and the pursuit of possessions.”

Later it was changed to “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

To the colonists’ way of thinking, materialism was driving the expansion of the New World. Possessions, to them, equaled happiness.

So…what do you think of that?


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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Edward Arrington says:

    I think the third element caught on much better than the first two. Many Americans seem to have a low estimation of life, particularly for the unborn, the elderly, and the seriously handicapped. To me, the outcome of far too many elections indicate they don’t value liberty either. But they have their hands out for more and more possessions. The attitude is give me what the rich folks have and I’ll be happy. I think you nailed it.