Chapter Four: The American Revolution
Section Two: The Revolution Begins
C. The Decision for Independence
a. Even after the fighting broke out at __________ and Concord
most colonists did not support the idea of independence.
b. Most had hoped for ____________________.
c. Common Sense
i. _______________ published by Thomas Paine.
ii. Attacked King George III and specifically _____________
him for the colonists problems.
iii. Called him a ________________ and made a very strong
argument for American independence.
iv. The pamphlets sold _______________ of copies and helped
change the minds of the colonists.
d. June 1776 – a resolution on independence was proposed in the
________________ Continental Congress.
e. Congress decided to write a ________________, formally
f. Thomas __________________ was selected to write the document.
CHUNK #3 – Turn to pages 134-136. List the four parts of the Declaration and
explain each part.
Part One –
Part Two –
Part Three –
Part Four -
D. The Declaration of Independence
a. Purpose: to _____________ a revolution, to declare independence
and to express the values of the new nation.
b. Part One: the ______________ (Introduction)
c. Part Two: Declaration of Rights – declared “all men are
i. Mentioned the ________________ Contract Theory.
d. Part Three: List of ______________ – listed all the freedoms,
rights etc. that had been denied to the colonies.
e. Part Four: Formal Declaration of ______________________.