AMERICAN DEMOCRACY

The Birth of a Democratic Nation

The Colonists Rebel

Mercantilism

Stamp Act-required colonists to put taxed stamps on paper

Colonists Boycott and Stamp Act is Repealed

Townshend Acts-taxed glass, tea, paper, and lead

Boston Tea Party

Parliament passes Coercive Acts(Intolerable Acts)-restricted colonists rights

Moving Toward Independence

First Continental Congress-Demanded the rights of the colonists be restored

2 battles take place at Lexington and Concord

Second Continental Congress-Located in Philadelphia

Common Sense--Thomas Paine

Declaration of Independence

Would officially announce the imdependence of the United States

Thomas Jefferson wrote most of it

Called King George III a tyrant-He was "Unfit to be the ruler of a free people"

Approved on July 4, 1776

Key Terms

Mercantilism

Boycott

Repeal

Delegate

Independence