Revolutionary War Project
Box 1: What does it mean?
Box 2: Groups/Committees
During the Revolutionary War, there were many Patriot political groups, but were only a few that were truly significant and made a huge impact for the people in America. These included the Committees of Correspondence, Sons of Liberty, the Second Continental Congress, and the Continental Army. In the 1700s, there were no phones for the colonists in different locations to communicate with, so the Committees of Correspondence were formed in order to allow ...view middle of the document...
George Washington was a famous general who fought on the Patriot’s side during the Revolutionary War. He started many armies, such as the Continental Army, and was the leader of them. Also, he became the first president in 1789, six years after the war finally ended. Another important key figure was King George III, the British king and a Loyalist who believed that Parliament should be able to make laws for all of the colonies. James Otis, a colonist, was one of the first people to to oppose King George’s belief. He thought that the colonists shouldn’t have to pay taxes if they didn’t have a representative in Parliament, and was the one who said that “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Another protester was Patrick Henry, a famous orator, who said “Give me liberty or give me death.” He led the opposition to the Stamp Act. Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the Declaration of Independence, and was an American Founding Father. He also became the third president of the United States in 1801. In conclusion, there were many famous people in the Revolutionary War who contributed many things in our history.
Box 4: Important Writings
Many acts, laws, and writings were part of the steps that caused the Revolutionary War. These included the Molasses Act (or Sugar Act), the Stamp Act, the Townshend Act, the Tea Act, and the Declaration of Independence. The Sugar Act was a law passed in 1764 by Parliament that stated that colonists had to pay a tariff on goods such as molasses or sugar. A year later, in 1765, Parliament passed the Stamp Act, in which colonists had to pay a tax for every kind of printed material like newspapers, legal documents, and playing cards. Once the colonists purchased them, a stamp was placed to show that they had paid the tax. This act made the colonists furious, so they protested by burning stamps and also threatening stamp agents. After this act was repealed, King George still thought that Britain had the right to tax colonists no matter what, so the Townshend Act was passed in 1767, which taxed any imported goods like paint, tea, and glass. As a result, there were many new protests in which the colonists refused to buy any British goods and a group called the Daughters of Liberty began making handmade goods to replace the British ones. But then Britain sent more soldiers to force the colonists to pay for the taxes. Three years later, Parliament repealed all the taxes in the Townshend Acts except for the tea. This was known as the Tea Act in 1773. Again, the colonists protested. The colonists dressed as Mohawk Indians and took over British ships, pouring all of the tea into the Boston Harbor. Later, in 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote a document named the Declaration of Independence which said that the thirteen colonies after the war would become independent and free colonies and no longer a part of the British Empire. In conclusion, there were many important writings during the Revolutionary War which...