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A group of S. Dakota high school students typed the Declaration of Independence in manuscript form as a project to celebrate the Bicentennial back in 1976. They stripped it of its parchment appearance; removed from it the old English type, Xeroxed copies of it, and circulated the copies as petitions around the community. Fifty percent of those approached refused to sign it.

In a similar experiment in Miami in 1979, they got even fewer signatures. In that experiment, they asked a man if he would display the document in his store window. He said, “Well, the boss makes those decisions around here. But I can tell you right now, he’s not going to like what you’ve written.”