By Allan Morey

By means of the 1760s, such a lot American colonists had develop into bored to death with British rule. They have been bored with the unfair taxes and never with the ability to create their very own legislation, and cries for revolution have been ringing out around the land. because the revolution took carry, Thomas Jefferson drafted a record that officially declared the colonies' independence.

The adoption of the statement of Independence on July four, 1776, marked a huge turning aspect in US heritage. Over the subsequent 5 years, the colonists might struggle to make their independence a truth.

Explore the heritage of this significant record. tune the occasions and turning issues that led the colonies to claim their independence from nice Britain.

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Some heated debate followed Thomas Jefferson Jefferson’s presentation of the A P P R O VA L O F T H E D E CL A R AT I O N July 2, 1776: 36 Delegates from twelve colonies vote in favor of declaring independence. JUNE 25, 1776 JULY 1, 1776 June 28, 1776: Thomas Jefferson presents the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress. JULY 5, 1776 July 4, 1776: The Continental Congress formally adopts Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Declaration of Independence to the Congress.

Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2011. This book answers many questions about the colonies’ fight for independence. Santella, Andrew. The French and Indian War. New York: Children’s Press, 2012. Read this book to learn more about the French and Indian War. gov/milestones/1750-1775 This site covers important events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Expand learning beyond the printed book. com. 46 Index Adams, John, 15, 35, 42 Hancock, John, 26–27 Adams, Samuel, 13, 18, 23, 26–27, 32 Henry, Patrick, 23–25, 32 battles: of Bunker Hill, 30–31; of Jefferson, Thomas, 21, 35–37 Concord 26–27; of Lexington 26–27 Boston Massacre, 14–15 Lee, Richard Henry, 34 Boston Tea Party, 16, 18–20 boycotts, 13, 18–19, 23 Paine, Thomas, 32 Pontiac’s War, 7 Circular Letter, 13 Preston, Thomas, 14–15 Coercive Acts, 20–21 Committees of Correspondence, Revere, Paul, 27 16–17 Common Sense, 32–33 Sons of Liberty, 10–11, 18–19 Continental Army, 28–31, 33, 38–42 Stamp Act, 9–11 Continental Congress, First, 22–23, Sugar Act, 8–9 26 Continental Congress, Second, 28–29, 31, 34–37, 40–41 taxes, 4, 8–14, 16, 18, 23, 34 Tea Act, 18–19 Townshend Acts, 12–13 Delaware River, 38–39 trade, 8–13, 16, 18–19, 23, 25, 32, 34, 36 France and the Treaty of Alliance, 40–41 Franklin, Benjamin, 35, 38, 42 Washington, George, 23, 29, 31, 38–39 French and Indian War, 6–7, 29 Gage, Thomas, 26–27 George III (King), 24, 29, 32, 36–37 47 Photo Acknowledgments The images in this book are used with the permission of: © Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France/The Bridgeman Art Library, pp.

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