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Workshop 2
Before You Watch


Before viewing "Common Sense and the American Revolution," read and view the following materials. They represent a selection made by the professor based on the readings available to the onscreen teachers. For additional primary source readings, go to Resources.
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image of a generic historical documentCommon Sense, January 10, 1776 HTML Version | PDF Version (35 pages)

Common Sense, a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine, makes a case, in accessible and stirring language, for independence.


image of a generic historical documentThe Olive Branch Petition, July 5, 1775

The Olive Branch Petition, adopted by the Second Continental Congress and submitted to King George III, attempts to assert the rights of the colonists while maintaining their loyalty to the British crown.


image of a generic historical documentThe Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Congress adopts the formal Declaration of Independence on July 4.


image of a generic historical documentBuckingham County, Virginia, Statement of Independence, June 14, 1776

Buckingham County, Virginia, gives these instructions to their delegates to the Second Continental Congress.


image of a generic historical documentJames City County, Virginia, Statement of Independence, April 24, 1776

A majority of freeholders in James City County, Virginia, vote to give these instructions to their representatives to the Second Continental Congress.


image of a generic historical documentMalden, Massachusetts, Statement of Independence, May 27, 1776

Malden, Massachusetts, residents unanimously adopt these instructions, which they give to their representative to the Second Continental Congress.



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image of a starProgram 4: The Coming of Independence (26:46)

Professor Maier tells the story of how the English-loving colonist transforms into the freedom-loving American rebel. The luminaries of the early days of the Republic — Washington, Jefferson, Adams — are featured in this program as they craft the Declaration of, and wage the War for, Independence.
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