HW: Causes of American Revolution & Declaration of Independence
Feb 20, 2020 by
until Feb 20, 2020 at 7:05am
This assignment was locked Feb 20, 2020 at 7:05am.
This week we are concentrating on trying to make sense of
- why and how the American Revolution and
- why and how the British colonists in North America declared independence from England.
We will use 19 April 1775 to signify the start of the war and 4 July 1776 to signify the act of declaring independence.
When I say "we," what I really mean is that each of you individually is trying to make your own sense of these questions with my guidance. You will eventually be tasked with creating an argument based on historical evidence, but first you have to do some thinking and organize your thoughts.
Along those lines, I ask that you:
- mine the information provided in your textbook and any notes you have taken last week and today. Use only these resources.
- focus on events and developments that happened before the American Revolution started and before independence was declared and
- decide which of those events and/or developments you think are responsible for the war and for the Declaration of Independence.
In terms of written homework, you must
- create a chronological list of events that you think have a role in causing the start of the American Revolution on 19 April 1775,
- along with notations about developments that bridge or underpin any single event (for example, asserting the right that there can be no (legitimate) taxation without representation).
- create a chronological list of events that you think have a role in causing the colonists to declare independence from Britain on 4 July 1776
- along with notations about developments that bridge or underpin any single event.
- be prepared to explain the significance of every event and development you identify in your homework submission.
- This is not required of your written submission but will be part of our discussion in class on Thursday.
There is no minimum length or minimum number of events because this is a product of your thinking.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send me a message.
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