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History Vocab


Second Continental Congress May 10, 1775 delegates from each colony met to discuss independence from Britain
Continental army Troops from every colony
George Washington The commander in chief of the Continental army
Battle of Bunker Hill On June 17, 1775 the British attacked the Patriots on Breed's Hill
Impose Force something unwelcome to be put in place
Independence The fact of being independent
Policies A principle of action proposed by a government, party, business, or individual
Olive Branch Petition July 1775, the Continental Congress sent king George III a peace offering
Thomas Paine The author of Common Sense
Common Sense A pamphlet persuading the colonies that independence is a brighter future
Declaration of Independence A document created to break away from the British
Thomas Jefferson The main author of the Declaration
Natural rights Rights everyone has under natural law (pursuit of happiness, life, liberty)
Fundamental rights Basic human rights (right to marry, assemble, privacy, etc)
Independence Day July 4th
Patrick Henry "Give me liberty, or give me death!" person
The Preamble of the Declaration of Independence The beginning of the Declaration- "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"
Created by: maddie n