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The Declaration of Independence
I always say, there’s no better way to understand something than to experience it first hand.
I’ve got to do this presentation on the Declaration of Independence.
Never mind. Lets go see our friend Martin.
What’s that supposed to mean?
Martin, we need a favor.
The kid and I need a transport back to the American colonies of 1763.
Back in time?
I will be blowing up the modern earth in just a few seconds.
It obstructs my view of Venus.
Please, step inside the Aluminum Q46 space modulator!
That looks like a cardboard box to me.
Just get in!
Too far back!
The American Colonies.
The colonist have just enjoyed a long time of freedom.
Kind of like when your parents leave us alone for the day and we get to run the house while your dad’s off fighting battles at the office.
The last battle was spent defending the colonies. The King has had a hard day at the office and now he’s broke. So he makes the Proclamation of 1763.
Listen. Now I can’t defend you if your scattered all across the land so don’t move out past the Appalachian Mountains.
They’re not, but they haven’t seen the worst yet.
Those colonists don’t look too happy with that.
Let’s see some more, from later years.
Listen. Now I’m broke from fighting all these wars in your defense. To pay me back you’re going to pay me money for all the sugar and other luxuries you get from other countries.
Listen. Now I got these soldiers that are going to stay with you. While they’re here your going to feed and house them for me.
Listen. Now I’m still broke so you’re going to pay me money for a stamp that has to go on any papers you use. It works fine back in England so it’ll do good here too.
I hate the government!
This is unfair.
All the colonists were angry, but they used different ways to show it.
You can’t take our money without letting us speak in our own legislatures.
That’s taxation without representation.
Now you listen.
If you’re going to keep taking our money, we’re going to stop buying the goods you take it for.
I hate the government!
Mr. Fudd! I’m here to collect your tax.
The King backed off, but soon came back with Parliaments Townshend Acts.
Boston Tea Party
The King was mad and he set more acts that were called the Intolerable Acts by the colonists.
The First Continental Congress
Americans weren’t ready to break off yet, but they convened to mend their relationship with Britain.
Lexington and Concord
Two battles showed the colonies that they could put up a fight against the British.
The Second Continental Congress
Americans again convened, but this time they were split between declaring independence or more relation mending.
Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” explained that it was unnatural for a large country to be ruled by a smaller one, far awayand persuaded the colonists that it was “time to part” from Great Britain.
The people were convinced. In 1776, five delegates wrote their reasons for independence out in plain English.