During Medieval times and even earlier, important people added a seal made of wax to letters and documents. These seals proved that the letter was really written by the person who signed it. Seals were sometimes used to close letters to keep them secret.
Today, seals are still used on official documents. A notary is a government official that has a special seal used to verify documents, such as legal agreements. The Great Seal of the United States is sometimes added to very important documents.
Questions and Answers
Question: Why did the Founding Fathers add so many words and images to the Great Seal?
Answer: They hoped that the Great Seal would inspire future generations and help them remember the Founding Fathers’ love of freedom, virtue, honesty, courage, sacrifice, and belief in God.
The Founding Fathers quickly drafted some ideas for the Great Seal as soon as the Declaration of Independence was signed. Visit PBS to see one of their first designs.
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