10.1 War for Independence - Monday October 1 2007 War for...

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Monday, October 1, 2007 War for Independence Decision for Independence o Second Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia in 1775 Created continental army Named George Washington commander of the army Was leader of the militia o Tried to sign up militia in the Continental Army Military experience from 1754 (French and Indian War) In House of Burgesses Olive Branch Petition One final negotiation with the British before the Declaration of Independence Right to govern through their own assemblies Parliament was restricted to pass laws in the colonies Only shared the king, but there was a separate government o Parallels to present-day Canada and Great Britain King George did not agree to the petition o Governor Lord John Dunmore offers freedom to slaves in Virginia in 1776 Offered freedom to any slave who escaped their master and joined his regiment Were easily defeated by Patriot militias o January 1776: Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense

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