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Hello, my name is Amanda and I will be your tour guide this afternoon. I will be taking your through the Declaration of Independence exhibit. Now does anyone know what year the Declaration of Independence was adopted? (Wait for response) Yes! That’s correct! It was adopted in 1776. (Start proceeding) A total of 13 colonies lived under the British rule for many years but eventually they began to resent it. They wanted more power from the king so they represented themselves in the first continental congress. What do you think King George thought about the First Continental Congress? (Wait for response) Exactly, he was not happy about it at all and called them all traitors. Can anyone tell me when and where the first battle occurred between England and the colonies? (Wait for response) Correct! It was in fact in 1775 at Lexington and Concord. All of the colonies still weren’t all in favor of independence quite yet until Thomas Paine released his pamphlet, Common Sense. What was Common Sense about? (Wait for response) Right! It was about how the colonies should break away from England since they’re not getting anything out of the relationship. Of course the Common Sense won over the rest of the colonists and they began to declare independence. A declaration committee was created that consisted of many famous members, including? (Call on a few hands) Perfect! All right! Ben Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson all took part in the committee among the others. (Proceed forward). Can anyone tell me who wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence? (Wait for response) Correct! Thomas Jefferson! Does anyone know what the main parts of the declaration were? (Call on a few raised hands) Great Job! The three main parts was a statement of the importance of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and that all men are created equal, the right to revolt against government and a listing of grievances against the King and the official statement of independence....
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