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Road to Revolution
  
IMG_1884by Luigi Crespo on Flickr

The American Revolution took place in the 18th century.  The  thirteen colonies came together to get free from the British. The American Revolution was about people gaining freedom with their religion and politics. 

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We The People by Thorne Enterprises on Flickr

 In 1776, representatives from each of the original 13 states voted in the Second Continental Congress to adopt a Declaration of Independence.  It helped the colonists create a democracy.
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Revolutionary War Markerby NatalieMaynor on Flickr

John Locke wrote  Two Treatises of Government, published in 1689 helped people understand their rights.
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Washington's Reception by the Ladies on the Bridge at Trenton, New Jerseyby Cornell University Library on Flickr

Republicans started to form.  The Founding Fathers were strong advocates of republican values, particularly Samuel Adams,Patrick HenryJohn AdamsBenjamin FranklinThomas JeffersonThomas PaineGeorge WashingtonJames Madison and Alexander Hamilton which required men to put civic duty ahead of their personal desires. 
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by dbking on Flickr

1764–1766: More legislation like Sugar Act, Currency Act, Quartering Acts, Stamp Act 1765, and Declaratory Act were passed to help the King and the soliders for money, food, clothes and housing.

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Morristown, New Jerseyby dougtone on Flickr

1733–1763: Navigation Acts, Molasses Act and Royal Proclamation Act were acts that helped the King get more money and control to provide for the British.

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Morristown, New Jerseyby dougtone on Flickr

There were patriots, loyalists, and neutrals.  The patriots wanted their freedom from the king.  The loyalists obeyed the king and agreed with him.  The neutrals wanted peace and no fighting.
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Taking Aimby flattop341 on Flickr

In March 1776, George Washington and the Continental Army forced the British to evacuate Boston. The revolutionaries were now in full control of all 13 colonies and were ready to declare independence. While there still were many Loyalists, they were no longer in control anywhere by July 1776, and all of the Royal officials had fled.
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