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The Declaration of Independence
What is the document that announced that the colonies were breaking away from Great Britain and explained why?
Second Continental Congress
Congress that met in Philadelphia in May 1775, which was divided between one group of delegates, mainly from New England, who thought the colonies should declare their independence, and another group, mainly from the mi…
What is a Patriot volunteer who was paid and trained to be ready to fight at a minute's notice?
A militia is a small army made up of ordinary citizens who are ready to fight in an emergency.
When people are treated the same and get the same amount of money, rights, etc.
What were the 3 tasks of the Second Continental Congress?
organize colonies for war against Great Britain, appoint a leader of the Continental Army, decide to declare independence or not
Author of Common Sense. Called for complete independence from Britian
Why was the booklet Common Sense important?
It encouraged colonists to declare independence from Great Britain.
Who wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence?
John Adams, Ben Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman
Who was on the committee to review the draft of the Declaration?
President of the Second Continental Congress
Unanimously chosen to be the leader of the Continental Army
July 4, 1776
When was the Declaration of Independence approved and signed?
We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and those rights cannot be taken away.
The second excerpt of the Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal and we have unalienable rights. What does this mean?
a written work containing information
a document that contains an official statement
Someone/thing from England.
a kingdom that rules several other lands
A legislature consisting of the house of lords and the houese of commons, half were elected while half were appointed
country ruled by another country
money people are required to pay to the government
1765; law that taxed printed goods, including: playing cards, documents, newspapers, etc.
Sons of Liberty
American patriots from pre-independence NA-British colonies. Formed to protect rights of colonists and to take fight against the abuses of the British government. Known for undertaking the Boston Tea Party in 1773 in reactio…
This would give the third estate greater...
a person chosen or elected to vote or act for others; a representative
13 delegates from the Thirteen Colonies who governed the U.S. during the American Revolution
law requiring certain people to serve in the miltary
something everyone is morally or legally allowed to have, get, or do
Austria wants what from Dutch?
a statement that you are unhappy with something
a large group of soldiers trained to fight on land
When people decide they don't like their government and use violence to get rid of it so they can make a new government.
To cancel a law. The Stamp Act
an accepted set of rules about how something should be done
going against authority
To start a business or group.
the repetition of grammatically similar words, phrases, clauses, or sentences.
stepped down from power
seizure of property by authority
nobility of spirit
cowardly; lacking courage
strong, disapproving criticisms
rights that cannot be taken away
acts of unlawful or forceful seizure of property, power, rights and the like
indicates; makes clear
process by which foreigners become citizens
a soldier who is payed to fight for another country or group (don't have enough soldiers) so they can go pay for others but it can be bad because they can be bought off…
betrayal of trust
kinship; family relationships
length of time that an office is held