Lesson 3 - Unit 2 Lesson 3 The Declaration of Independence...

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Unit 2 Lesson 3 - The Declaration of Independence Lesson Objective:  In this lesson, the student will list the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence By the fall of 1775, many of the representatives in the Second Continental Congress believed independence was  the only solution to the conflict with Britain. Many conservative leaders in the colonies were not ready for this step.  Since unity was essential before declaring independence, radical leaders worked quietly to convince those who  opposed independence. A war for independence would require the support of foreign nations, so the appearance  of a united front was important; colonial leaders did not want the rest of the world to see a division in their ranks. For the first six months of 1776, the only issue debated in the Continental Congress was independence. The  breach between the King and the colonies was widening as the delegates debated. King George III hired German  mercenaries to fight for the crown. Parliament passed acts strengthening the existing army overseas and cut off  trade between England and the colonies. Another move by Parliament really angered the colonists; an order was  given to seize American ships and impress their crews into the Royal Navy. These actions encouraged some  colonial leaders who opposed independence to side with the radicals.  Pamphlets were a commonly used tool in the fight against British tyranny, but they were usually written by  aristocrats, in a manner that only well-educated men could understand. When Thomas Paine published 
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