On August 2, 1776, 56 delegates from the different colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pa. By signing this document, these men were putting their lives at risk. They were publicly announcing to King George that they were patriots to the American cause and therefore, traitors to the British Crown. They could be hunted down and hung by the British army. What would make someone willing to do this?
Here is your task:
- Click on the larger Google Map below.
- Click on the names of each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
- Write down their occupation.
- How many were doctors, lawyers, farmers or brewers?
- Choose one person you found particularly interesting.
- Click on “Leave a Comment”.
- Summarize information about this person in your comment. Who was he? How old was he at the signing? What was his occupation? What was an interesting fact about him?
- Type your response and remember to sign your first name ONLY and class.
- You have twenty minutes to complete this task.
We have learned that the American Colonists were able to defeat the British Army at the Battle of Yorktown. The great British General Cornwallis had to surrender to General George Washington. The ordinary foot soldiers responded to the victory in different way. The American soldiers sang “Yankee Doodle Dandy”. The British soldiers sang “The World Turned Upside Down”.
Go to this link: http://www.contemplator.com/england/worldtur.html
Listen to the song “The World Turned Upside Down”. Make a comment below, explaining how the song helps you understand how the ordinary British soldiers felt about the defeat.
As we continue to explore the American Revolution, we have discovered that there were many different perspectives on the war. Many people were loyal to Britain. Many wanted change and were revolutionaries. Many people were undecided. In this post, we will explore how music written and sung in 1776 reflects how many people felt about the war.
Go the the PS79q.wikispace and listen to the song entitled “The Rich Lady Over the Sea”. Make a comment below and explain what you’ve learned about the feelings of the colonists towards Britain. Be sure to explain who the “Rich Lady” and the “daughter” are.