Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (United States, 1777–1786)

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (United States, 1777–1786)
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (United States, 1777–1786)
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (United States, 1777–1786)
Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (United States, 1777–1786)
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In 1777, one year after he wrote the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson drafted a bill for Virginia’s legislature, the General Assembly, to guarantee religious freedom in the state. The bill was introduced in the legislature in 1779 and passed into law on 16 January 1786. It established several principles that were later incorporated into the United States Bill of Rights. Jefferson considered the statute one of his greatest achievements; it was one of only three of his many accomplishments that he wanted to be included in the epitaph on his tombstone.

The handout is designed with classroom needs in mind. The text is set in easy-to-read, 11-point type. Lines of text are numbered for easy reference in classroom discussion. A lined section on the right side of the page provides space for the reader to take notes. (These lines use the same spacing as college-ruled notepaper.) An introduction (the same as the paragraph above) provides brief context and background to the reader. The document's title as well as country and year of publication are clearly indicated. The handout is optimized for black-and-white printing and to save printer/photocopier ink/toner to reduce your printing costs.
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