John Adams: Let Me Have a Country Speech
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John Adams gives an impassioned speech in which he states his hope for a free republic that is governed by laws and not men. He states to the other delegates that they have a unique opportunity to choose a system of government for themselves and future generations. Adams believes it is now time to revolt against the British Empire. After the speech, several other delegates show their support for his case.

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  1. What does John Adams mean when he says "measures which will affect the lives of millions, born and unborn are now before us"?
  2. Why is John Adams hopeful?
  3. What hour has come?

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    identify and analyze the causes and effects of events prior to and during the American Revolution, i...
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    analyze causes of the American Revolution, including the Proclamation of 1763, the Intolerable Acts,...
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