Drafting the declaration of independence in 1776 became the defining event in thomas jeffersons life drawing on documents such as the virginia declaration of rights state and local calls for independence and his own draft of a virginia constitution jefferson wrote a stunning statement of the colonists right to rebel against the british government and establish their own based on the . Thomas jefferson is considered the primary author of the declaration of independence although jeffersons draft went through a process of revision by his fellow committee members and the second continental congress how the declaration came about. A look at jeffersons authorship of the declaration and its adoption by the continental congress the declaration of independence around the world see how the words and ideas in the declaration of independence have impacted human rights around the world. The united states declaration of independence is the statement adopted by the second continental congress meeting at the pennsylvania state house now known as independence hall in philadelphia pennsylvania on july 4 1776the declaration announced that the thirteen colonies at war with the kingdom of great britain would regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states no longer
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