By Allan Morey

By way of the 1760s, so much American colonists had turn into bored to death with British rule. They have been bored with the unfair taxes and never having 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 rfile that officially declared the colonies' independence.

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

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

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1783 JUNE 1870 June 28, 1870: Congress votes for the first time to make July 4 an official holiday for federal employees. 43 Writing Activity From Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to Samuel Adams’s Circular Letter, Americans voiced their opinions through writing. At the time, people did not have televisions, radios, or computers to spread information and share opinions. Instead, they passed around printed letters or they published pamphlets for sale. The goal was to persuade people to support an idea.

Paine went on to say that independence was the only way the colonies could prosper. Half a million copies of Common Sense were printed. People throughout the colonies read the pamphlet. Most political leaders were already leaning toward declaring independence. Many historians credit Paine’s writings for convincing average citizens as well. Thomas Paine began writing his famous forty-eight-page pamphlet in 1775, which was originally titled Plain Truth . Mar. 4, 1776: The Continental Army captures Dorchester Heights, overlooking Boston.

4, 1776: The Continental Army captures Dorchester Heights, overlooking Boston. FEB. 1776 MAR. 1776 May 2, 1776: France decides to send weapons to assist the American colonies. APR. 1776 MAY 1776 May 4, 1776: Rhode Island becomes the first colony to formally declare independence from Great Britain. 33 The Declaration of Independence In May 1776, the Second Continental Congress met once again. By this time, several battles had been fought. The demands for independence were deafening. Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, led the cry for independence.

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