America's Founding Editors

10 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2008 Last revised: 4 Sep 2009

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Douglas E. Abrams

University of Missouri School of Law

Date Written: September 8, 2008


This article treats the editing that the Second Continental Congress did on Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence. The superb editing helped make Jefferson an American icon, but Jefferson resented the editing for the rest of his life.

Professor Abrams authors a column, Writing it Right, in Precedent, The Missouri Bar's quarterly magazine. In a variety of contexts, the column stresses the fundamentals of quality legal writing - precision, conciseness, simplicity and clarity.

Keywords: legal writing, legal research and writing

Suggested Citation

Abrams, Douglas E., America's Founding Editors (September 8, 2008). Precedent, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 12-14, Summer 2008, University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-26, Available at SSRN:

Douglas E. Abrams (Contact Author)

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