The Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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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:

  1. Click on the larger Google Map below.
  2. Click on the names of each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  3. Write down their occupation.
  4. How many were doctors, lawyers, farmers or brewers?
  5. Choose one person you found particularly interesting.
  6. Click on “Leave a Comment”.
  7. 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?
  8. Type your response and remember to sign your first name ONLY and class.
  9. You have twenty minutes to complete this task.

 

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American Revolution – Music

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”.

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.

 

1770 – The Boston Massacre: Massacre or Riot?

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Understanding this Image’s Power to Persuade
Paul Revere created this image AFTER the Boston Massacre took place. He wanted the people of Boston to be outraged that the British soldiers had killed six unarmed men. Click on this link to read an analysis of why this image is so powerful.

Events Leading Up To the Tragedy
What events led up to this tragedy? Was this really a spontaneous riot of an unruly mob driven to violence? Or was it caused by events that happened well before March 5, 1770? Or could it possibly have been both a riot AND a massacre?  State your opinion and defend your answer.