Independence Day

Independence Day

Did you know … The Revolutionary War started in April of 1775, over a year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. At first, many colonists didn’t want complete freedom. When General George Washington and the Colonial Army began fighting for freedom in 1775, many colonists didn’t want complete freedom from England. Continental Congress meets in June, 1776 Attitudes were changing by the time the Continental Congress met in June, 1776. They asked Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert R. Livingston to write a formal document. Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. It gave England the reasons the colonies wanted their freedom. Continental Congress Votes...

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Independence Day

    The United States celebrates Independence Day on July 4th. Declaration of Independence The Fourth of July is a very important date for citizens of the United States. The Declaration of Independence which called for freedom from England. Our Continental Congress decided to follow the words of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Written by Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson, the man who became our nation’s third president, wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was one of five people given the task to write the important document. The others were Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, and the man who became our second president, John Adams. The committee gave the document to the Continental Congress, who made some...

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Pennsylvania, The Keystone State

Pennsylvania, The Keystone State

by Sandra Merville Hart Pennsylvania is known as the Keystone State because it was key to important ways the United States developed economically, politically, and socially. It was also the middle colony in the thirteen original colonies. In architecture, keystone describes the stone in the center of an arch – important because it holds all the arch’s stones in place. Pennsylvania’s early years In 1681, England’s King Charles II gave the area we know as Pennsylvania to William Penn because of a debt owed to his father. William, a Quaker, had a good relationship with the Native Americans.  Pennsylvania played an important part in Revolutionary War In 1774, Philadelphia hosted the First Continental Congress. The Second Continental Congress officially...

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