The Declaration of Independence
This Unit is worth up to 10 points.
We are looking at the start of the war, and it is interesting that many people today forget that the war with Britain was going on for more than a year when, in July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was written and signed by delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
This is one of the reasons that we are going to start by watching the rest of the 20-minute video overview:
WATCH #1. There is NO NEED TO COMMENT on #1 in your DB: this is important background info.
Then, listen to the podcast #2 and comment on 4 ways this podcast helps you to go beyond your prior knowledge of the events at the beginning of the War for Independence in 1775. This podcast will connect back to your work in the previous Unit on the situation in Boston and New England, as well as the colonies more generally.
Next, watch the short videos that introduce the pamphlet Common Sense (and its author, Thomas Paine). There is NO NEED to comment specifically on these videos: they are provided for background, and to help you establish rich context and observational capabilities when you read primary source excerpts from Common Sense in the next Items.
With this background information at your disposal, you should be in a position to make some accurate and well contextualized comments about Common Sense.
READ pamphlet #3A and follow these directions:
point to 3 specific different passages in Common Sense (by Tom Paine) that help you to understand how Paine’s critical thinking provided colonists with tools to conceive and choose a new basis for their government and future society……MAKE SURE TO REFER TO PARTS OF THE TEXT WHERE PAINE IS REFERRING TO THE BIBLE (SCRIPTURE) AND/OR TO THE ROLE OF HEREDITARY SUCCESSION IN THE CHOICE OF LEADERS OF GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY. (Another way to think about Paine: how does he argue for a “radical” break with the ideas, customs, and institutions of the past? “Radical” means “going to the root.”) Keep in mind that “common sense” means that Paine was trying to write in a way that everyone reading or listening to his arguments would be able to follow along. His ideas are written in language that is in some ways old-fashioned, but the ideas themselves are not very hard to follow. You can see Paine hates hereditary power and privilege Why? What sorts of factual and specific reasons does he provide? It is noteworthy that Paine provides historical evidence for his thinking, and sometimes he points to flawed or absurd logic. An example of absurd logic is when Paine asks: How can a small island rule over a huge continent?
Then, open the worksheet (Item #3B): read the introductory text, and then try your best to answer the full set of questions that accompany ONE of excerpted portions of Common Sense (starting on p. 4, p. 8, or p. 10).
CHOOSE ONE podcast in #4 and share 4 of your main and diverse takeaways.
Finally: Choose either short reading #5A or #5B and add 3 takeaways to round out your Discussion Board.
[FYI: #5A focuses more on the man G. Washington and his character and growth as a leader. #5B focuses more on the army the G. Washington led. Both are interesting.]
Please follow the instructions.
Name starts with an R
short video overview of common sense: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwJAaaglXsk
Short video overview of Common Sense (2 minutes)
Another short video overview of Common Sense (3 minutes)
3A. Common Sense (by Thomas Paine)–abridged
(uploaded the article for this)
3B. Uploaded the worksheet (answer the questions on the paper not the work sheet, just label everything questions then answer).
Here is an AUDIOBOOK version of “Common Sense” by Tom Paine
4A. BFW Podcast Episode #280: “The British Are Coming” by Rick Atkinson (
This is a phenomenally interesting podcast with the author of a planned trilogy of books about the Revolutionary War.
EITHER LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST WITH RICK ATKINSON (“THE BRITISH ARE COMING”) OR, LISTEN TO THE PODCAST WITH NATHANIEL PHILBRICK (EPISODE #208).
WHICHEVER PODCAST YOU CHOOSE, YOU NEED TO REFER TO IT SUBSTANTIVELY IN YOUR DISCUSSION BOARD CONTRIBUTION) Link: https://benfranklinsworld.com/episode-280-rick-atkinson-the-british-are-coming/
4B. BFW Episode #208: Turning Points of the American Revolution (PODCAST) (Listen to the Podcast with Rick Atkinson or this one with Nathaniel Philbrick.
Whichever one you listen to, you need to react to it substantively in your Discussion Board contribution.
IF YOU CHOOSE PHILBRICK’S PODCAST, PLEASE READ COMMON SENSE FIRST. I THINK THIS WILL HELP YOU BETTER TO MAKE SENSE OF PHILBRICK’S LINE OF ARGUMENT.) link: https://benfranklinsworld.com/episode-208-nathaniel-philbrick-turning-points-of-the-american-revolution/
4C. BFW #146: George Washington’s Revolution
(This podcast features a significant historian, but I have to admit that the way he talks is not as energetic and engaging as in most of the other podcasts that I have assigned or recommended…….
Atkinson is my favorite in this mix, but Philbrick is engaging also.) Link: https://benfranklinsworld.com/episode-146-robert-middlekauff-george-washingtons-revolution/
4D. After Yorktown: The final struggle for America’s independence (BFW #81)
When did the fighting of the American War for Independence end?
In school we learn that the war came to an end at Yorktown. But, this lesson omits all of the fighting that took place after Charles, Earl Cornwallis’ surrender in October 1781.
Today, Don Glickstein, author of After Yorktown: The Final Struggle for American Independence, takes us on a whirlwind and global tour of the fighting that took place after Yorktown.
5A. The father of our country learned and changed….. (GW article)
5B. Lecture #7, “The Long War: 1775-1783”: Ellis, Brotherhood of the Revolution (PDF lectures)
Please let me know if you have any questions.
it will all be in Microsoft. Before answering anything label it 1- 5 so I can know how you are labeling and what answers go to what. Please do the work in the same order as it is in the order that the professor is asking for the work. no need to reference so much or have a reference page. just talk and give your point of view on things.