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  • Liberty's Kids: The Boston Tea Party

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    the american revolution
    boston tea party
    sons of liberty
    This clip illustrates the Boston Tea Party, a political protest by the Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty explain their reason for the protest: they believe the taxes imposed by the British, such as the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act, are unfair, and they have no say in the law whatsoever. This clip also depicts the dumping of the tea at the Boston Harbor.

  • Liberty's Kids: The Second Continental Congress

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    american history
    second continental congress
    This clip illustrates the debate that occurred during The Second Continental Congress, which took place on May 10, 1775. The meeting was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who declared that the American Revolutionary War had begun. Many of the delegates were in favor of war, while others were opposed to it.

  • Liberty's Kids: Siege of Yorktown

    american history
    the american revolution
    surrender of cornwallis
    siege of yorktown
    The American Continental Army begins a siege against the British in Yorktown, Virginia. General Cornwallis finally surrenders after many days of resistance when the Continental Army closes in on them.

  • Liberty's Kids: Voting For Independence

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    american history
    declaration of independence
    The Second Continental Congress votes to declare independence from Great Britain then refines the text of the Declaration of Independence. After the text is revised, the delegates sign the document and disseminate it to the colonists. George Washington reads the document to his local soldiers, and its words invigorate them to fight for independence.

  • Liberty's Kids: The Hessians

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    the american revolution
    hessians
    General Washington tells James about the Hessians, German soldiers who are siding with the British in the war. Because the colonists are vastly outnumbered, Washington suggests encouraging Congress to issue a proclamation of independence in order to gain French support.