December 14, 2012
S.S Homework questions 1-4
1. a. Identify who was Thomas Paine?
Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. b. Make inferences why do you think Thomas Paine originally published common sense anonymously? Thomas Paine told Americans exactly what they wanted to hear: the monarchy (of England) was dangerous to American liberty and independence. He wanted to remind the colonists that they did everything they could to try to "change" or "reason" with King George III; it was time for independence. c. Elaborate do you think that most colonists would have supported independence from Britain without Thomas Paine’s publication of common sense? Explain. It's naive to think that nearly all colonists wanted to become Americans. Many people were neutral, which is they didn't care one way or the other. There were many who were loyal to the King. Most of them moved to what is now Canada. Many are United Empire Loyalists. "United Empire Loyalists were those who had been settled in the thirteen colonies at the outbreak of the American Revolution, who remained loyal to and took up the Royal Standard, and who settled in what is now Canada at the end of the war 2. a. Identify what two sides emerged in response to the declaration of independence? What did the authors of the declaration of independence give for declaring the colonies free from British control? 1) Patriots - Believed in American Independence.
2) Loyalists- Believed America should be loyal to Britain. b. What arguments did the authors of the declaration of independence give for declaring the colonies free from British control? The biggest argument was taxation without representation.
c. Predict how might some groups use the declaration of independence in the future to gain rights? People may refer to the Declaration of Independence as an example of how early people gained rights and it should still be...
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