Thursday, July 4, 2019
3 Questions for the 4th
How many words are in the Declaration of Independence?
How many words are in the U.S. Constitution?
How long would it take to read both documents?
Exact numbers are not necessary. Close estimates will count.
Arriving at the exact number of words can be a little tricky. Some count only the body of the texts. Others include the signatures on the documents. With the Constitution, some count all the original passages, including those later amended. Others do not.
So, instead of exact numbers, I will give you some easy to remember estimates:
There are about 1,450 words in the Declaration of Independence, including the signatures.
There are about 8,500 words in the Constitution, including the amendments.
Together, they would take an hour or so to read.
To see a 2009 video of celebrities reading the Declaration, click here.
Happy Fourth everyone!