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revolution to act against your government in order to overthrow it, sudden change
Albany Plan of Union a plan, proposed by Benjamin Franklin, to unite the colonies for protection during the French and Indian War, not adopted by the colonies
First Great Awakening a religious movement that swept through the colonies during the 1730s and 1740s, encouraged people to be responsible for their choices, preached equality and the right to challenge authority
propaganda using exaggeration of events to manipulate people's opinion, the Boston Massacre was used as propaganda
boycott to refuse to buy a product as a form of protest, the Stamp Act protests were successful boycotts
Sons of Liberty group of colonists that took action against British policies, responsible for the Boston Tea Party, Samuel Adams and John Hancock were the main leaders
Continental Army created by the Second Continental Congress to fight the war of independence against the British, George Washington was the commander
unalienable rights the rights given by God to humans, cannot be taken away by government, first described by John Locke and then included in the Declaration of Independence
Second Continental Congress meeting of delegates from several colonies that created the Continental Army and wrote the Declaration of Independence
delegates people chosen to represent a community at an important meeting
Committees of Correspondence groups created to spread information throughout the colonies about the activities of the British and the patriots, Wentworth Cheswell relayed messages for them
Common Sense a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that argued for independence, made many people become patriots
Patriot a colonist that wanted independence from Great Britain
Loyalist a colonist that wanted to remain part of Great Britain
militia a volunteer member of an army that fought against the British, an example were the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord
King George III King and ruler of Great Britain (England)
Writs of Assistance documents that allowed British officials to search for illegal goods, usually required very little evidence to get, were part of the Townshend Acts
"shot heard 'round the world" the Battles of Lexington and Concord are considered the first fights for the rights of the citizen
declaration a formal agreement
independence to be completely free from
unalienable cannot be separated from
Declaration of Independence adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, written by Thomas Jefferson with the help of Ben Franklin and John Adams, based on the ideas of John Locke
Samuel Adams organized the Sons of Liberty and its boycotts, helped lead the Boston Tea Party
Wentworth Cheswell messenger that helped spread the word between the colonies about British actions, worked for the Committees of Correspondence
Ben Franklin tried to organize the colonies during the French and Indian War, supported the patriot cause , helped by contributing ideas to the Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine author that wrote Common Sense and The Crisis, helped convince many to side with the Patriots during the war and kept many soldiers in the army during Valley Forge
Mercy Otis Warren American playwright, considered an historian of the American Revolution
John Adams supported the Patriot cause, defended the soldiers accused during the Boston Massacre to show that Americans believed in justice
Crispus Attucks Free African American dockworker killed during the Boston Massacre
Patrick Henry leader in the House of Burgesses, called for supporting Massachusetts against the British
Thomas Jefferson main author of the Declaration of Independence, included Locke's ideas of unalienable rights
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