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- On the other hand… They didn’t really have a bureaucracy to organize
the war effort like Britain did – they only had the
Second Continental Congress, which was
planned as a brief meeting to talk about the CA
43 but ended up having to be the main intercolonial
gov’t. But even though this task was initially
daunting it worked out after a while – the big
accomplishment being their creation of the
Continental Army [they chose Washington to
lead it] and their management of it. The British had more, better-trained troops and
[initially] control of the seas.
- In the end France was a big help for the colonists [no
*1776: Moving Towards Independence*
- Remember that, initially, even when Britain and the
Americans were fighting, independence had not been
decided upon yet [not everyone agreed w/that radical
course of action].
- In January 1776, a huge step towards the decision to
declare independence was taken when Thomas Paine
released his book, Common Sense, which was an instant
bestseller and had an enormous impact b/c of its
challenge of colonial assumptions about the colonies’
relationship to Britain.
- Largely b/c of Common Sense, by late spring in 1776
independence had become inevitable. On May 10 the
Second Continental Congress proposed that individual
colonies start forming state constitutions, and all the
loyalists dropped out of the CC.
- On June 7 some congressmen introduced a motion
towards independence. While the vote was postponed
until July a five-man semi-committee was established to
draft a declaration. Of course, Thomas Jefferson was
44 the guy who ended up writing it – and it was adopted on
- The chief importance of the Declaration was its
statement of principle [the life, liberty and happiness
thing] and the explanation of gov’t being based on the
consent of the people. After the Declaration was signed,
there really was no turning back – b/c the delegates had
*The War: A Quick Overview*
- Now, we don’t really need to know the specifics on the
war, so this is just going to be the basics. The war had
three phases b/c of changes in British s...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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